Howard A. Brown

March 13, 2017
 —  Howard Allen Brown, 93, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 13, in the town of Adams.

Services will be held later in the spring at a day and time to be announced.  Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery, Belleville.

Arrangements are with the Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville.

He was born April 26, 1923, at the family farm home, the son of Allen S. and Doris Hedger Brown of Belleville.

Howard graduated from Belleville Central School in 1941. After graduation, he joined Belleville Young Farmers. He was a member of the Belleville Grange and Cooperative Extension.

Howard married Doris "Dottie" Eastman on Feb. 18, 1944, at the Belleville United Methodist Church with Rev. Miles Hutchinson officiating. The marriage ended in separation. 

Mr. Brown worked on the family farm with his father, who had a can milk truck route. In 1946 he took over the milk truck route from his father. He later bought the farm from his father and went on to partner with his son Doug. Howard was a school bus driver for Belleville Central School for 30 years.

Howard was a committee member for the Pierrepont Manor Milk Co-Op, later becoming a director for the North East Dairy Co-Op (NEDCO) in Syracuse. He loved going to the stock car races in Watertown and Oswego and was a NASCAR fan. Howard enjoyed square dancing and traveling.

Surviving are four children, Joan (Joel) Burley, Spencerport; Douglas (Deborah) Brown, Belleville; Rose (Michael) Reff, Cape Vincent; Marjorie Patterson, Ellisburg; mother of his children, Doris (Dottie) Brown; a companion, Dora Herron; a sister Lora Rohde, Cranberry Lake; 14 grandchildren, 27 great–grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters and four brothers-in-law, Marcia (Larry) Clark, Barbara (Paul) VanEpps, Carolyn (Donald) MacVean and Francis Rohde.

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Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.