Russell E. Brown, 86, of Blanchester, Ohio died last Saturday at the Continental Manor nursing home in Blanchester.
Mr. Brown owned and operated the Lawrence Brown and Son Pontiac and Buick automobile dealership in Blanchester for many years. A 1941 graduate of Blanchester High School, Mr. Brown attended Wilmington College on a basketball scholarship and was a member of the Gobbler Fraternity at the college. He worked for the Crosley Corporation in Cincinnati where he developed a lifelong interest in communications. As World War II unfolded, Brown enlisted in the U.S. Navy's V-12 Program and completed his basic training at Berea College in Kentucky. Subsequently, he was selected to attend Midshipmen's School at Cornell University in New York. Upon completion, he received his commission and was assigned to the U.S.S. Wendell Wilkie Destroyer Escort in the North Atlantic where he served as the communication information center officer.
Snyder said after Brown was discharged from the service, his love for radio communication carried over into his Blanchester home. "He loved his radio work," he said.
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