Ormal “Jack” Brown Jr., 79, of Waterford, was born October 15, 1943 and went home to his Heavenly Father on June 8, 2023. A 1961 graduate of Fort LeBoeuf High School, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963 – 1966, partly serving in Korea during the Vietnam War. He worked at General Electric and retired after thirty-four and half years in the train engine test department. He was a member of the Waterford Nazarene Church and a 20-year volunteer of The Southwest Indian Ministries in Peoria, Az.

He wed Gay Colleen Wilcox on June 15, 1968, in Union City Pa and they were happily married for 55 years. Together they raised four children: Stephen (Leeann) Brown, Michael (Joey) Brown, Melissa Brown and Stacey (Shannon) Hannah. He and Gay have eleven grandchildren: Jason (Emily), Jessica, Michael Jr, Nina (E.J.), Jordan, Christian (Jeanette), Emilea (Adam), Faith, Ryan, Grace (Steven) and Jorja; fifteen great grandchildren: Cheyenne, Jack, Anna, Davion, Maggie, Chloe, Norah, Bailey, Xaria, Kali, Eli, Hannach, Hunter, Grahm and Oliver. He is further survived by his mother, Nina May (Clair) Ethridge, brother, John (Kathy) Brown, sister, Marlene (Royce) Kosnik and Bonnie (Dale) Adam. He is preceded in death by his father Ormal Sr., sister Maxine, brother-in-law Royce, son Stephen, and great-granddaughter Norah.

In his spare time, you would find Jack happily working in one of his workshops tinkering with one of the many car repair fixes for his family. His happiest times were outside enjoying nature: gardening, building or just taking in the sights of nature found on his family homestead. He was a redeemed child of God and spent much of his life sharing the gospel with all those around him. Truly his love for the Lord could be seen in the dedicated life he lived. His love of family was demonstrated by him in every act of kindness, love, guidance and generosity he showed daily. A discerning individual, Jack could make anyone laugh with his lighthearted comical renderings of days gone by! He enjoyed sharing the “old days” with his grandchildren and great grandchildren alike!

He will be missed by family, many brothers and sisters in Christ, friends and those touched by his beautiful life.

An intimate memorial will be held to celebrate his life on his family’s homestead. Date and time to be announced later. In leu of flowers, gifts can be sent in his honor to The Erie City Mission.