SOUTH PARIS — Joseph Vincent Brown Jr., 86, of Minot passed away on July 10, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.

He was born in Lewiston, Aug. 4, 1926. He attended Edward Little High School in Auburn and enlisted in the U. S. Navy on Aug. 26, 1943.

During World War II, he served on the USS Wasp as an aviation mechanic and was honorably discharged in April 1946. He married Marilyn Peck on June 8, 1946 and raised four children.

Joe was employed for many years with H.P. Hood & Son and later went into business with Richard Gatchell of Auburn forming H. L. Gatchell. He started his own company — Brown & Sons Home Heating Oil, a Sunoco gas station on Center Street in Auburn and a firewood business at his home in Minot. His last job was as a bus driver for Minot Consolidated School.

He was a member of Kora Temple Shrine for almost 40 years and a longtime member of the Kora Patrol.

Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph W. Brown and partner, Cathy Dixon; daughter, Sandra Piper and husband, Steven; daughter, Susan Morin and son, William Brown; grandchildren, Daniel Brown and wife, Wendy, Kelly Henry and husband, Cris, James Piper and wife, Kristin, Jason Piper and wife, Jill, Nicholas Piper and wife, Syrena, Jennifer Piper and partner, John Vickery and Scott Dixon; 10 great-grandchildren, Ashley Hawkins, Amber Henderson, Daniel Millett, Ethan Brown, Austin Brown, Oliver Brown, Emily Piper, Callum Piper, Kali Dixon and Blaine Dixon; and two new great-great-grandsons, Ben Hawkins and Carter Henderson.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn; grandson, Shane Dixon; and his parents, Vincent and Ethel Brown.

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