53, of Galesburg, Ill. died at 1:49PM Saturday, April 28, 2012 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
He was born on October 30, 1958 in Galesburg to Charles and Lois Nelson Brown. He married Joan Oliver in Galesburg on July 3, 1992.
James is survived by his wife, Joan; father Charles of Galesburg; a son, Joshua Brown of Galesburg; His grandmother, Theola Nelson of Paxton, Ill.; two brothers, John (Michele) Brown of Des Moines, Iowa and Joe (Lauren) Brown of Long Island, NY; two sisters, Sandra (Robert) Sherman of New Providence, NJ and Linda (Morris) Tammen of Thawville, Ill.; two step brothers, Bob Nelson of North Henderson, Ill. and David (MaryAnn) Nelson of Monmouth,Ill.; two step sisters, Nancy Boyd of Alexis, Ill and Donna (Bret) Benjamin of Knoxville, Ill. and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother and step mother.
Jim was a farmer working along with his step brother Bob. He also worked for Spee-Dee Delivery in Galesburg. He was a driver for Rogers Brothers. Before that he worked for Maytag and Farmland Foods for 12 years.
James was a 1977 graduate of Galesburg High School and a 1979 graduate of Carl Sandburg College. He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and the Grange, both in Henderson Grove.
He served in the US Navy from 1983 to 1989.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, May2, 2012 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Henderson Grove. Rev. Kurt Carlsen will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Henderson Grove Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Ralph M. Nobel American Legion Post #285. Memorials may be made to an Education Fund for his son, Josh Brown, c/o F & M Bank. Online condolences may be left at www.h-p-w.com.