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Donald L. Brown

Donald L. Brown, age 88 years, a resident of Vienna, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, July 2, 2019, at 9:03 PM at his home.

Donald was born February 12, 1931in Elvira Township, Johnson County Illinois. Donald was the seventh of eight children born to John and Christina (Craig) Brown.

Donald was united in marriage to Ruby Pauline Miles.  She preceded him in death on January 24, 2015.

Survivors include: his children – Ronald (Nancy) Brown of Vienna, Bonnie Schaefer of Kentucky, Tena (Gary) Bunch of Cypress and Rosie (Kenneth) Hartline of Cypress; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister – Lowanda Williams of Vienna; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  Donald is also survived by his beloved canine companion, Tinker.

In addition to his parents and wife, Donald was preceded in death by a grandson – Shane Bunch; a brother – Ernest Miles, Sr.; and 5 sisters – Grethel Huckleberry, Mabel Alsip, June Cecere, Agnes Norton, and Alene Collins.

Donald was a retired heavy equipment and dozer operator.  He was a longtime faithful member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local # 318.  Donald was employed for many years by Frank Nutty Construction as well as E.T. Simonds Construction, Co.

Donald was an avid outdoorsman.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A service honoring the life of Donald Brown will be conducted Sunday afternoon, July 7, 2019, at 2 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.  Pastor Jay Franklin will officiate.

Burial will be in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening, July 6, 2019, from 6 PM – 8 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

To share a memory of Donald or to leave an online message of condolence for his family, please visit

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.

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