Mr. Brown was a purser and pharmacist mate in the Merchant Marines during World War II and sailed many convoys in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Baltic Sea on Liberty ships. His ships were involved in the D-Day invasion and the liberation of southern Italy.
After the war, Mr. Brown was in the construction business his entire career, retiring as building director for the City of Westminster in Orange County, Calif.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Brown; two sons, Michael Brown of El Dorado Hills, Calif. and Steven Brown and wife Patti of Granite Bay, Calif.; two grandsons, Jordan Brown of Fort Worth, Texas and Justin Brown of Granite Bay; one great-granddaughter, Kylie Brown of Fort Worth; and one brother, Carl Brown of Metropolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Brown and Nellie Mae Morgan Brown; and one sister, Mayme Edna Evans.
A family memorial service was held at a later date. The body was cremated and burial will be held in Marion, Ill.