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October 26, 2013

Leslie (Les) Brown Jr.

Leslie (Les) Brown Jr., 86, of Terre Haute, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, in the St. Vincent Heart Hospital, Indianapolis. Les was born May 13, 1927, in Terre Haute, to John Leslie and Bertha Ellen (McDaniel) Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents. Less was a 1945 graduate of Gerstmeyer High School, where he was a member of the basketball, baseball, and track teams. Les also attended Indiana State University and was a member of the basketball and track teams before joining the Phillies (AAA) baseball league as a pitcher.

Les was retired from Wabash Fibre Box Co., where he worked for 28 years as the human resources manager and purchasing agent. Les was a member of Maplewood Christian Church, a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge #86, and a lifetime member of the Terre Haute Marine Corps #471 and American Legion Post #104.

Les was an avid golfer for many, many years, and loved sports. He was a friend to all. Less was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Les is survived by his wife of 55 years, Benita (Woodard) Brown of Terre Haute; their children, daughter Libby (Brown) Busard and son-in-law Lyman (Butch) Busard of Greenwood, Ind.; and son Timothy (Tim) Brown and daughter-in-law Cheryl (Boyll) Brown of Terre Haute. Les is also survived by two grandchildren and their spouses, grandson Kyle Busard and his wife Ashley (Chaney) Busard; and granddaughter Karly (Busard) Ilbrink and her husband Jordan Ilbrink, all of Jacksonville, N.C.

Services will take place at Roselawn Funeral Home, 7500 N. Clinton St., Terre Haute, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, and from 10:30 a.m. until the service on Monday. Pastor Craig Wininger will be officiating. A special thanks to the members of the Elks Lodge #86 for their remembrance ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Maplewood Christian Church, 2000 N. 13th St., Terre Haute, IN, 47804.

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