John Horace Brown, 94, of Riverton, N.J., passed away on Jan. 3. For 48 years, John and his wife Helen spent many of their summer weeks in their family’s cottage on Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson.
John was the only child of Horace and Dorothy Brown. He grew up in the Pleasantville, N.J. area, and he graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1941. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps in Italy. In 1946, he went to work at U.S. Plywood Corporation in Philadelphia, a career that would last 40 years.
John married Helen Hagerthey from Linwood, N.J. in 1947. They bought a home in Riverton in 1950 and lived in Riverton for the rest of their lives. Purchasing a summer home in Maine in 1965 was the start of a special relationship with the Village of Jefferson and the waters of Damariscotta Lake.
John was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Palmyra, N.J., for more than 60 years. For 50 years, he was an adult leader in the Scouting units sponsored by Bethany Lutheran Church – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers.
Summers in Jefferson became an important part of John’s life, especially after he retired in 1986. Throughout the New Jersey winter, John and Helen both looked forward to the upcoming summer months with their many friends in Maine.
John is survived by his children, Raymond and Annette Brown, both of Riverton, N.J.
The funeral service for John was held on Jan. 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Burial was in Lakeview Memorial Park in Cinnaminson, N.J.
The family suggests that contributions in memory of John may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 921, Jefferson, ME 04348; or Memorial Fund of Bethany Lutheran Church, 617 Morgan Avenue, Palmyra, NJ 08065.
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Weber Funeral Home of Riverton, N.J. is in charge of arrangements.