Charles R. Brown Sr., 82

OCT. 1, 1929-AUG. 25, 2012

August 27, 2012

Charles “Ace” R. Brown Sr., 82, of Chambersburg, Pa., went to be with his Lord peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012.  

Born Oct. 1, 1929, in York Springs, Pa., Ace was the son of the late Ray Brown and Clara Hockenberry Brown. 

He was married to Connie C. Gearhart on Oct. 21, 1950.

He attended Chambersburg-area schools and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949.

He was a former employee of Conrail Railroad, retiring after 38 years in 1991, and was also a former employee of Omega Labs for 10 years.

Ace was a proud member of Morris Frock American Legion in Hagerstown, Md.; a life member of VFW Post 1599 in Chambersburg; and a Norland AARP Chapter 3261 member.


Ace was known for his great sense of humor, generous spirit and natural gift of talking to people. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters and great-granddaughter. He also enjoyed attending the Retired Railroaders Breakfast Club.  

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Connie C. Brown of Chambersburg; one daughter, Bonita J. Pheil and husband, Daniel, of Hagerstown; one son, Charles R. Brown Jr. and wife, Mary, of Williamsport, Md.; granddaughter, Tricia L. Johnson, and great-granddaughter, Amelia Grace Johnson, of Hagerstown; granddaughter, Jennifer L. Grove and husband, Ryan, of Hagerstown; and granddaughter, Lauren R. Broadwater and husband, Corey, of Hagerstown. He is also survived by a brother, Junior Brown, and wife, Janet, of Chambersburg; sister, Thelma Umbrell of Toledo, Ohio; sister-in-law, Helen Brown of Chambersburg, wife of his late brother, Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews.  
Ace was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Paul Brown.

A memorial service with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, 725 Norland Ave., Chambersburg. The service will be officiated by Pastor Troy Gearhart.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke Association, 417-A Phoenix Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201, in memory of Charles R. Brown Sr.

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