John R. “Jack” Brown, Jr., age 90, of 341 E. Jamestown Road, West Salem Twp., formerly of Pittsburgh, passed away Tuesday morning, March 21, 2017 in the ER of UPMC Horizon Greenville. 

He was born in Greenville on November 29, 1926 to John R. and Louise (Lininger) Brown.  He was a 1944 graduate of Penn High School and received his B.S. in Education from Thiel College. 

Jack served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII stationed in Japan.  He was employed in the Sales/Marketing division of U.S. Rubber-Uniroyal in Pittsburgh for 32 years and retired from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, where he worked as a Fund Raising Specialist for 14 years. 

He was an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Greenville where he served on the finance committee and was also active with Camp Lutheran, Prospect, PA.  He was a member of Greenville Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, and he was also a lifetime member of F&AM North Hills Lodge # 716. 

On May 28, 1949 he married the former Joan McKee, she survives at home.  Also surviving are two daughters, Bethanie Bena and her husband Bernard of Pittsburgh and Virginia Mangolds and her husband Arnis of Stow, Mass.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Holly Brown and a brother, Thomas A. Brown.

Per Jack's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services.  Inurnment will be in Bellevue Methodist Cemetery, Pittsburgh.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's, 339 E. Jamestown Road, Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 22, 2017    

    We are so very sad to have heard this news. We liked Jack so very , very much. He was a sweet, and kind man. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Joan, and your family. He is in Gods hands.
    With much sympathy, Jay and Elaine Hodge

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    March 23, 2017    

    How shocked I was to learn of Jack’s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy! Jack was a wonderful guy.
    Don Beck

  3. Vicki Hodge Mead Vicki Hodge Mead
    March 23, 2017    

    I feel so blessed to have known Jack Brown. He was a dear friend of my father, Tom Hodge, and I heard humorous stories as a child growing up about Jack.
    Watching my dad and Jack interact with each other was a howl! Always kidding around, ribbing one another. Watch them I saw the power of a decades long friendship. Seeing them allowed me to glimpse a side of my father and a view of their generation that I only very seldom saw growing up.
    Joan, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. I only knew your husband a little bit, through stories from my dad and in the past few years at St. Paul’s when visiting but his personality was so huge, I can only imagine your great loss.
    Jack Brown was a very wonderful man and I feel so sad for you.

  4. Nancy Hodge Nancy Hodge
    March 23, 2017    

    We are so sorry to hear that Jack is gone. What a delightful, caring, brilliant man he was! It was always such fun to see him and Joan on our visits to Greenville, especially when he and Tom Hodge were together.
    Our sincere condolences to Joan and family,
    Barry and Nancy Hodge

  5. James Hamlet James Hamlet
    March 24, 2017    

    To the family of John R. Brown, I am sorry for your loss. May you take some comfort in knowing God is “close to the broken-hearted.” (Psalms 34:18) With sympathy, James.

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