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James (Jim) Ward Brown

November 4, 1950 - October 25, 2022


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    Penny Herbert says

    I will never will forget my sweet friend and his music.
    The most I love about him is how he loved his neighbor.
    My husband and I felt like he was a friend immediately.
    I thank you Jesus for him and I ask you to watch over each one who are morning. May you give them peace. Amen

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    Denise says

    i met Jim and Gail when i moved in next door. Jim played me some of his music! it was wonderful living beside him and Gail and itchy too. i will cherish the memory of him and thank the Lord for putting them in my life.

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    brenda gigliello says

    You were more than a friend, you were my almost brother. I will never forget you coming to Chicago and we fed you hot dogs the entire time. You were supposed to come to Arkansas so we could ride the train but God had other plans. I thank you Jim for loving my friend/sister, Gail, for serving our country faithfully and for being a dear friend. Till we meet again. enjoy the strawberry fields and ride the yellow submarine, we will think of yesterday and you.

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    Kay Wollert says

    I didn’t know Jim but I know he made my best friend Gail very happy . She told me he had a great sense of humor and was a very kind man . Jim may you rest in Peace and may friends and fa.Ily smile when they think of you .

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James (Jim) Brown, 71, of West Lafayette, Indiana passed away peacefully, in his home, surrounded by
his family on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Jim was a loving partner, father, grandfather and friend. He was born November 4, 1950 in Los Angeles,
California. He relocated to Kokomo, Indiana in 2014 and moved to West Lafayette in 2020.
Jim was a proud Veteran of the United States Air Force. He enlisted in 1975 and served his country from
1976-1980. He did basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and then Tech School
at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was trained as a Weapons System
Controller and transferred to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he worked as a
mechanic on CH-53 Helicopters (the helicopter featured in the movie Airport 75) during the Vietnam
Era. He received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal in March of 1979. He was honorable discharged as a
Sergeant E-4, March, 1980.
After leaving the Air Force he returned to California and worked at a Bicycle Repair Shop, he was an over
the road Truck Driver and retired from Ikon-Ricoh, where he jokingly said he was a “Reproductive
Specialist” aka a Service Technician repairing Copiers.
Jim had a great sense of humor & those who knew him will miss his jokes.
His passion in life was MUSIC, he excelled at the guitar & keyboard and spent hours playing & composing
his own music. He was an avid Beatles Fan which led him to meet his partner, Gail Peterson in 2015.
Among Jim’s favorite hobbies and interests were, The Beatles, his guitar, The Minions. He loved saying
“BANANANA” his many dogs over the years, N scale model railroads, traveling, his most recent trips, Las
Vegas, Virginia, West Virginia and cycling in his younger days. He enjoyed food and loved his coffee &
Jim is survived by his loving partner, Gail Peterson, of West Lafayette, Indiana, his daughter, Jamie
Brown, of Stockton, California, son Tim Brown (Amber), Cedarburg, Wisconsin, stepson Josh Peterson
(Kim), Lafayette, Indiana & 3 grandchildren, 2 grandsons Silas Brown & Dominick Peterson & 1
granddaughter Mallory Peterson, His MinPin “Itchy”, 2 Sisters Carlene Springer (Doug) Chico, California
& Lisa Brown, Bellingham Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ward Brown & Jane Benko Brown & his brother
Charlie Brown.
A cremation is planned.
Donations can be to: Loving Paws Animal Center, Inc. (rescuedpawsmatter.org), The American Cancer
Society, Appalachian Bear Rescue or a charity of your choice.