Obituary: Vernon "VO" Brown
February 22, 2012
Vernon “VO” Brown, 87, of Gardnerville, passed away February 17, 2012 in Reno, NV. He was born October 20, 1924 in Long Beach, CA, to George Vernon Brown and Pauline L. Rea. At age 9, VO entered military academy and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 17, 1942 due to his desire to fight in WWII. He bravely fought not only in WWII, but also in Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the Navy on March 1, 1971, and shortly after entered the Merchant Marines and maintained his license until 2010. He earned several medals including The Silver Star for gallant service, the Bronze Star and many other awards.
In 1981, he moved with his wife to Topaz Lake and youngest daughter, and was later joined by his middle daughter and her two sons. VO enjoyed life in Nevada with his lovely wife, especially visiting casinos, spending time with his grandsons and great-grandchildren, and traveling around the country by car.
He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was also a member of the American Legion and Fleet Reserve.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; daughters, Lucinda Shaul, Regina Heath, Sabrina Mendel and Trisha Brown Milton; grandsons, Mark and Steven Magee and Jennifer Nagy; and great-grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Asher, Greyson, Amber & Kaleb.
A memorial service for VO will be held at 3pm on Friday, February 24, 2012 at Walton’s Funeral Home, 1745 Sullivan Lane, Sparks, NV.