John was born March 7, 1924, at Estherville, Iowa, the son of John and Clara (Kittleson) Brown. He married Ethel Mae Chamberlin on Nov. 14, 1964, in Seattle, Wash. He had worked in a cedar mill for 20 years in Seattle and then worked for 20 years at Northwest Foundry in Seattle. His wife, Ethel, died in 1996. He enjoyed playing bingo, meat raffles and fishing. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles and Royal Neighbors.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Harold (Mardella) Chamberlin, Aitkin; Helen (Gary) Peterson, Brainerd; Ben (Pat) Chamberlin, Warba; Bob (Sue) Chamberlin, Trommold; Florence (Patrick) Makousky, Goshen, Ind.; Larry (Linda) Chamberlin, Crosby; Dorothy Jones, San Bernardino, Calif.; Earl (Barney) Chamberlin, Virginia, Minn.; Ed (Dawn) Chamberlin, Marysville, Wash.; Martha (John) Cloutier, Rogers; Melissa (Randy) Adair, Brainerd; Margaret (Tom) Schrader, Baxter; and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ethel; and niece, Mary Beth.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, May 10, from the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with the Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in Seattle, Wash.
Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. To sign the online guest register please go to www.srtfuneral.com.