Fay E. Brown, aka George Duncan, 77, of Big Lake in rural Noble County, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City following a brief illness.
Born April 16, 1933 in Whitley County, he was a son of Donald E. and Lavonne (Conrad) Brown. He married Marcella Hunt Oct. 1, 1960 and together they recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. He lived in the area his whole life.
He was a “Jack of all trades and master of few,” and worked as a sheep shearer since the age of eight, eventually becoming the Indiana State Sheep Shearing champion in 1963. Over the years he had also worked as a truck driver, a butcher, a painter, and along with his wife had owned and operated Brown’s variety Storage at Big Lake since 1961.
Brown graduated from Churubusco High School and was a member of Ligonier United Methodist Church. He had a special passion for the mission field and had served all across the United States, as well as serving in Jamaica and Africa
Survivors include his wife and eight children, Brenda (Dan) Becker of Goshen, Paula (John McNeal) Conrad of Wolcotville, Mark (Chris) Brown of Albion, Terrie (Sherman) Robinson of Fremont, Penny Dhonau of Ligonier, Elaine Nichols of Shipshewana, Rebecca (Mitch) Flannery of Olympia, Ky. and Shelia (Mike) Hoppus of Columbia City; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean (Sharon) Brown of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one sister, Sharon Lee Notestine of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Wesley Steven Brown in 2007.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway South in Ligonier with Pastor Byron Kaiser and Celebrant Larry Baker officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Merriam Christian Chapel Cemetery in Albion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ligonier United Methodist Church Youth Mission Fund, 466 Townline Road, Ligonier, IN 46767.
The Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com .