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David Allison Brown, 87

May 24, 2012

David Allison Brown, 87, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at AM/PM Personal Care Home in DeLancey.

He was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late David Earl and Grace (Williamson) Brown.

May 31, 1946, he married the love of his life, Carrie Irene “Scoop” Hodgson, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2006.

The couple enjoyed one another immensely and loved to dance together.

Mr. Brown was a Master Sergeant in the Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was very proud to be a veteran and encouraged others to be patriotic.

He worked for the B&O Railroad for more than 30 years. He loved to talk about the railroad, history and World War II.

He loved his family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them. Content with his life and family, he never asked or wanted for more than he had. He had a great sense of humor, wit and charm.

A Steelers fan, he also enjoyed watching the Pirates.

Surviving relatives include four children, Candice Neal and husband Larry “Gub” of Punxsutawney, David Brown and wife Peggy of Punxsutawney, Debbie Dice of Houston, Texas, and Suzanne Shumaker and husband Fred of Juneau; 14 grandchildren, Captain and Mrs. Scott Neal of Punxsutawney, Lt. Christopher Neal of Washington, Douglas and Jennifer Neal of Punxsutawney, Jennifer and Lt. Stephen Barilar of Bloomsburg, Crystal and Jeff Traylor of Baton Rouge, La., Kurt and Dee Davis of Houston, Texas, Laurie Davis of Houston, Texas, Kirsten and Chad Cavaness of Houston, Texas, Aaron and Cheryl Davis of Cypress, Texas, Dr. Kelley Smith and Joseph Ruscitti of Bethel Park, Jodi and James Presloid of Punxsutawney, Valerie Fife of Pittsburgh, Kimberly Mekeal of Juneau and Tennelle Coble; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Donald Brown; and two sisters, Jane Eisenberg and Mary Grace Hall.

Friends will be received from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Shumaker Funeral Home Inc., Punxsutawney.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2012, at the funeral home with Pastor Mary Lewis officiating.

Interment will follow at Circle Hill Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gateway Humane Society, 1211 Airport Rd., Falls Creek, Pa. 15840.

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