2014-02-20 / Obituaries

Howard Amos Brown

Howard Amos Brown Sr. was born November 2, 1920 in Moline, IL to Alfred Esco Brown and Bessie Mae Youngblood. His mother died when he was 9 months old. As a baby he had tuberculosis and received treatment in a sanitarium over the next 12 years. His father was an itinerant laborer working on farms in Wisconsin and Illinois often leaving Howard on a farm working for room and board.

He joined the US Army in 1940 and trained as a paratrooper because he said “it paid a $100 more per month.” He often said that for the first time in his life he always had clean clothes and 3 meals a day. The army sent him to Gainesville, TX and in Dallas he met the love of his life and future wife of 70 years, Della Marie Hausler. They were married September 26, 1943 in Honey Grove, TX. Howard was sent to Fort Benning, GA for paratrooper basic training and earned his wings in the 1st Allied Airborne division. He served as a Staff Sergeant in North Africa, France, Italy and Germany before he contracted yellow fever and came home to the US on a hospital ship.

After rehab in Michigan he and Della bought a dairy farm in Ogma, WS where their family grew to 4 children. In 1952 they moved to Clarksville, TX and within the year to Arlington, TX where Howard began his 31 years at Chance Vought in Grand Prairie as an airplane hydraulic mechanic and in the early years he and his family operated Brown’s Cackleberry Egg Farm.

His family had grown to 8 children. He was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church as a Sunday School Superintendent and Boy Scout Master. He and Della had a passion for square dancing and travels with their travel trailer. Perhaps his greatest success was providing a happy and stable life for his family.

When he and Della retired to Chandler, TX they joined Trinity Lutheran Church. His entire life he was true to his professed beliefs, his wife, family, church and community. Howard was a humble, gentle, fun loving man and respected by many.

On February 15th, with his family at his side he joined his Lord and Savior and his daughter Louella Marie Kizzire, son Michael Lance Brown and sister Dorothy Barnett.

He is survived by his wife, Della, brother Jerry Brown of Fort Worth, TX and children Howard Jr and wife Sandra of Grand Prairie, TX, Catherine Stines of Arlington, TX, Les Brown of Tallahassee, FL, Stan Brown and wife Charlotte of Panacea, FL, Donna Belken and husband Mark of Mansfield, TX and Christine Jones and husband BJ of Tyler, TX, 13 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church.

On Tuesday, February 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church visitation began at 11 AM, funeral service were at 1 PM followed by graveside services at Tyler Memorial Park.

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