James A. Brown, 77, former longtime resident of rural Decatur, IN, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at his daughter’s residence in Liberty, IN. He was born on May 12, 1942, in Decatur, IN, the son of the late Robert L. and Thelma R. (Darr) Brown.
He was a lifelong member of St. Luke Church. Jim was a graduate of Adams Central Class of 1960 and Taylor University Class of 1964. He grew up enjoying 4-H, track, baseball, basketball, and farming. Jim was an avid collector of Indian artifacts, coins, political buttons, and books. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jim worked for North Adams Community Schools as a Middle School Science Teacher. He then was employed by Fleetwood for several years.
He is survived by his 3 children, Trudi (Dana) Hadden of Liberty, Todd (Michelle) Brown and Tricia Spellar both of Ft. Wayne; a brother, Neil (Meleta) Brown; a sister, Joan (Dave) Furey; 5 grandchildren, Andrew Hadden, Moriah (Hunter) Lamantia, Rachel (Ethan) Weidner, Samantha Brown, and Kayla Spellar and 2 great grandchildren, Aiden and Liliana Weidner.
A Funeral Service will be at held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at St. Luke Church, corner of 100 N. & 500 W., with visitation 3 hours prior from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pastor Mike Wertenberger will be officiating and burial will follow in the St. Luke Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Luke Church Building Fund or Crossroad Christian Recovery Center for Women.
Arrangements handled by Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, Decatur, IN.