DOVER- Wallace (Wally) Alfred Brown, 86, of East Dover, died Thursday, May 7, after months of failing health. He died peacefully with his beloved wife Catherine and children by his side at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.
Mr. Brown was born at his childhood home in East Dover on July 30, 1933, the son of Erwin and Geneva (Bartlett) Brown. As a boy he helped out on the family farm with his brother and sisters. He was raised and educated in East Dover and was a graduate of Brattleboro High School, class of 1951.
In 1953 he met the love of his life, Catherine (Kate) I. Brooks, and they lived inseparably together for the last 65 years.
Mr. Brown proudly served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War, on the USS Intrepid stationed near Guam, and was honorably discharged from active service on September 17, 1957. He then returned home to resume his employment with Agway (formerly Eastern States), where he retired as feed manager following 39 years of faithful service with the company. During his retirement he worked part-time as a school bus driver, where he was affectionately known to play country music on his routes with the kids.
He especially enjoyed square dancing in his earlier years both locally and throughout the region, even at his 50th wedding anniversary party. He was an avid gardener and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his wife (allowing her to cheat on occasion). He loved baseball and football and was a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Everyone knew they couldn’t talk to Wally if a game was on TV.
Active socially, he was a member of the Now & Then Car Club and was the owner of a 1952 Dodge pickup, which he proudly won awards for. He and Kate were active members of the Windham Wanderers, a private camper group that traveled throughout New England. He held membership in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, an active preservation group, and was a proud member of the National Rifle Association. With his wife, he attended the East Dover Baptist Church and was a former member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5
He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Geneva Brown.
Besides his faithful and loving wife of 65 years he leaves one son, Russell Brown (Kristen Clark), of Hinsdale, NH; a daughter, Susan Ballantine (Tom White), of West Dover; one brother, Sonny Brown, of East Dover; three sisters, Eva Sherman, of East Dover, Beverly Murray, of Virginia, and Evelyn Brassor of Norton; and his two grandchildren, Amanda Moshovetis (Michael), of Milton, and Jeremy Ballantine (Shelby), of East Dover.
Additionally, he is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of his life will be conducted at a future date and time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Windham County Humane Society, PO Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302 or to Deerfield Valley Rescue, PO Box 854, Wilmington, VT 05363.
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