Eric  Brown
Eric Brown, 69, Wakarusa, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home, Friday, Nov. 1.
He was born Oct. 27, 1950, in Elkhart to Lemuel F. and Marie J. (Truex) Brown.
Mr. Brown lived his lifetime in Wakarusa. He was a 1968 graduate of Wakarusa High School. He was the second generation in his family business, Brown & Brown General Contractors, Wakarusa, which he served as president. He was a member of the Wakarusa United Methodist Church, the Carpenters Pension Board, MACIAF in South Bend and the Wakarusa Chamber of Commerce. He was a member and past president of the Wa-Nee School Board.
On Dec. 6, 1985, he married Diane Roemke in Wakarusa. She preceded him in death Oct. 3, 2008.
Eric is survived by his daughters, Jill (Jay) Madary, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and Jamie (Neal) Richmond, Hannah (Brandon) Aitken, both of Wakarusa; sons, Joel (Aminita) Best, Goshen, and Spencer Brown, Parker, Colorado; grandchildren, Jake, Jack, Julia, Jenna, Chloe, Garret, Jaden, Ginger, Jesse and Leo; sister, Marita (Ben) Kreps, Wakarusa; and brother, Ken Brown, Wakarusa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Roger H.; and infant sister, Sarita A. Brown.
Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Wakarusa, and for one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. The Rev. Greg Way, pastor of Wakarusa United Methodist Church, will officiate, assisted by the Rev. Ed Geleske, former pastor. Family graveside services will take place in South Union Cemetery, Nappanee.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eric Brown Memorial Fund for Wa-Nee Schools.
Published on November 4, 2019


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John Coulston
Nov 07, 2019
The only 69 year old that could WALK to and climb mount kilimanjaro then WALK back. then proceed to tell me (it wasn't that bad.) You will be missed
Connie Swihart / NorthWood MIddle School
Nov 05, 2019
Spencer, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. It is so difficult wheather expected or unexpected. What your father did for our schools, students, and community will never be forgotten. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. When I think of you, I always see that cute, funny, and hard working middle school student.