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10/5/2012 Email this articlePrint this article 
George J. Brown
George J. Brown, 81, of Rock Island, Ill., formerly of DeWitt and Moline, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport.

Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 9, 4-7 p.m., at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline.

Services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m., at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, 2930 31st Ave., Rock Island.

Burial will take place in National Cemetery on Arsenal Island in Rock Island with military rites accorded by American Legion Post No. 246 of Moline.

George James Brown was born in Moline March 18, 1931, to James and Katherine Kapandis Brown. April 28, 1957, in East Moline, he married Mary G. Soulis, who preceded him in death Jan. 23, 2009.

He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1996, after 36-plus years of service. George operated Brown's Shoe Barn in DeWitt, 1956-1988, and then operated Brown's Shoe Hospital in Moline, until his retirement in 1998.

He was a member of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island, and a lifetime member of Moline American Legion Post No. 246.

George was a very active member of the Navy Reserves in the Quad City area during his time in the Navy. He was exceptionally proud of his service. He served on the USS Wasp during his active duty years and attended several Wasp reunions, keeping in touch with his many Navy friends over the years.

Survivors include daughters, Katherine (Tim) Jones of Keosauqua and Helen (Sam) Langston of Milan, Ill.; sons, James G. (Mary) Brown of Cedar Rapids and Steven (Corrine) Brown of Paducah, Ky.; six grand-children, Lauren and Jared (Jim), Jesse and Jennifer (Helen), Christopher and Jaime (Steve); two great-grandchildren, Emily and Robert (Steve); and a sister, Mary Meader of Arizona.

In addition to Mary, his wife of 55 years, he was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, a brother and a daughter, Georgia Brown.

Memorials may be made to Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Rock Island.

Online condolences may be sent at www.wendtfuneralhome.com.

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