Orville Donald Brown Jr., 92, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, at his home.
Orville Donald Brown Jr. of Shawnee passed from this life on Feb. 26, 2018, three months after the death of his wife, Mary Anna (Lane) Brown, whom he missed dearly.
He was born in Shawnee on July 29, 1925, to Chloe Hoover Brown and Orville Donald Brown Sr.
OD married Mary Anna on Aug. 30, 1947.
He served as a U.S. Navy SeaBee during World War II from September 1943 until the war’s end in 1945. He served on Guadalcanal, Peleliu, and other islands in the South Pacific.
Brown was raised in Earlsboro until the family moved to Shawnee when he was in high school so he could study carpentry at Shawnee High School. Drafted into WWII while still in high school, he returned after the war and graduated in 1947. He continued his education, earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford as well as a master’s degrees in zoology from the University of Arkansas. Ultimately he acquired over 300 hours of college credit at eight different colleges and universities during his lifetime.
He worked as a fisheries biologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Texas. He was a teacher in junior and senior high schools in Dale, Prague, and Hominy, Oklahoma, during his mid-career years, ending his teaching at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, where he taught biology, anatomy and physiology. He and Mary retired to Shawnee in 1998.
His hobbies were reading, fishing, and woodworking. He made over 40 wooden toys for his only grandson, Edward, and numerous wood toys for friends and family. His works of kindness to others were done without fanfare but with love.
He is survived by his son, Orville D. Brown III (Suzanne), Mesa, Arizona; grandson, Edward Donald Brown (Rachel Nash), Chandler, Arizona; brother, Hubert Brown Sr.; and sister-in-law, Betty Jean Shipp Brown, Tecumseh. He will be missed by his nieces, Sheila Miller Mielke (Ron), Debbie Miller Adams-Thomas (Paul), Cheryl Kienholz Davis (Mike Dadik), Stephanie Kienholz Nestlerode (Bill), Janice Brown Spicer, Betty Dockery Brown, and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anna Brown; his parents; and nephew, Hubert (Huey) Brown Jr., as well his sisters-in-law and their spouses, Barbara Lane and Lewis Cloman Miller, and Jean Lane Kienholz and Doug Cloyd.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday, March 4, and continue through service time.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 5, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with Kay Smith Nix officiating. The family will receive friends before and after the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Bethel Cemetery at the Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel Acres, under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family requests donations be made to the Salvation Army or organizations benefiting children.
To share memories, or to sign the guestbook online, go to www.cooperfuneral.com.