Created on Thursday, 11 April 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Ralph L. Brown, 85, of Lakeview, formerly of Piqua and Sidney, died at 2:48 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
He was born in Darke County on Jan. 9, 1928, to the late William and Mary Bruey Brown.
On Jan. 9, 1954, he married the former Barbara A. Siegel in Newport and she preceded him in death Nov. 20, 2007. He also was preceded in death by two brothers; five sisters; and an infant son, Douglas Brown.
He is survived by four children, Terrance (Kathi) Brown of DeGraff, Russell (Jana) Brown of Sidney, Lynne Page of Sidney and Cynthia (Michael) Raterman of Botkins; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul (Dottie) Brown of Dayton.
He was a graduate of Houston High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
As a young man, he played first base and pitched for the Newport Cubs semi-pro baseball team.
He was a past member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Holy Angels Catholic Church, and currently attended St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Russells Point.
He retired from Ross Aluminum of Sidney, and enjoyed sports, fishing, and drag racing.
The Rev. Fr. Thomas Bolte is celebrant for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua. Burial follows in Miami Memorial Park, Covington, where full military honors are conducted by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home, Piqua.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice, 959 W. North St., Lima, OH 45805.
Express condolences at jamiesonandyannucci.com.