Wayne Brown


(Bernard) Wayne Brown passed peacefully in slumber August 17. Mr. Brown was born near Nashville (Brown County), Indiana, on October 29, 1924, to Virgil Emmett Brown and Ruth Elizabeth Neff Brown.

Mr. Brown was a graduate of Nashville High School as well as the Indiana Business College, from which he earned his Public Accountant degree. Mr. Brown worked for many years for the Indiana Public Employees’ Retirement Fund and also the State Board of Accounts, State of Indiana.

Mr. Brown married (Justine) Rose Harding (Nashville, Indiana) on March 22, 1946; the couple recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife; daughters, Constance Brown (Columbus, Indiana), Camille Willmore (Columbus, Indiana), and Teresa Artman (Carmel, Indiana); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Jesse Dale Brown (Nashville, Indiana), Kay Frownfelter (Clermont, Indiana), and Lou Ann Mihay (Columbus, Indiana); and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Brown was preceded in death by both of his parents and the following siblings: infant sister, Mary Esther Brown; Ruth Ernestine (Tene) Bertotti; Noel Meredith (Rock) Brown; and Virgil Eugene (Gene) Brown and Marshall Nolan Brown.

Mr. Brown was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Indiana. He was an avid genealogist, contributing historical artifacts and family research to the Brown County Historical Society and writing historical pieces for The Brown County Democrat. He was an accomplished painter, exhibiting his works in regional shows, having studied under Brown County notable artists Dwight Steininger and Frederick Rigley, among others.

Private services will be held for close family and Mr. Brown will be buried in Garland Brook Cemetery (Columbus, Indiana).

The family kindly asks that any memorials in Mr. Brown’s name be offered to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Brown County Historical Society.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Brown family at barkesweaverglick.com.