James R. Brown, 82, Bellwood, died Sunday at his residence after a long battle with esophageal cancer.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late James A.H. and Sarah E.R. (Metzgar) Brown. He married Shirley J. Nash on April 24, 1954, in Blandburg.
Surviving are his wife; three children: Vickie A. (Joseph) Harbula, Melissa J. (Douglass) Miller and James A. (Linda), all of Bellwood; eight grandchildren: Lora J. (Stuby) Hinkle (Donald), Joseph M. Stuby (Lori), Jaime J. (Stuby) Henderson (Adam), Richard J. Harbula, Rebecca A. (Brown) Dougherty (Scott), David J. Brown, Victoria M. Miller and Dawson G. Miller; nine great-grandchildren: Spenser, Payton and Taylor Hinkle, Ryan Malone, Bridget Finochio, Joshua Stuby and A.J., Zoe and Vivien Henderson; and a brother, Robert E. (Mary) of Houtzdale.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William A.; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Amber Dougherty; and his parents-in-law, David G. and Roxie (Hollen) Nash.
James was a 1950 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He retired from SKF Industries, Altoona, in 1994 after being employed there for 33 years. Prior to that, he had been employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
He attended New Life Worship Center, Assembly of God, Altoona. He was a life member of the American Legion, John M. Anderson Post, Bellwood, where he served as both commander and adjutant, and he also served as vice commander and commander of the Blair County War Veterans Council, Hollidaysburg. He was also manager of the B-A Little League Association's American Legion team for many years.
James was an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan and Penn State football fan. His family came first in everything he did.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at New Life Worship Center, Assembly of God, Altoona, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013, Pastor Wayne Schaffer officiating. Burial will be in Blair Memorial Park, Bellwood, with full military honors by the Blair County Veterans Honor Guard.
Arrangements are by McQuown Funeral Home, Glasgow.