AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Gerald L. Brown, 87, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2022.

He was born May 11, 1935 in Coitsville, a son of Paul and Martha (Allen) Brown Harry.

Gerald was known by many nicknames, including Jerry, Perk and Brownie.

A 1953 graduate of Union High School.

Jerry helped to support his family at a very young age with various jobs. Working at Ward Bakery, with the freedom of driving a delivery truck, was one of his favorites. Later, he moved on to Metal Carbide and then Eppinger Concrete in New Bedford, Pennsylvania. In 1966, he began with the newly opened General Motors Assembly Plant in Lordstown, retiring after almost 30 years.

Serving in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Germany from 1958 until 1964.

Jerry was known for always offering to lend a hand and do for others, for his calmness, his subtle humor and also for his mischievous ways-especially with his grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his loving companion of 14 years, Carol Jenkins; his children, Ron (Darlene) Brown of Boardman, Peggy (Don) Fisher of Austintown and Amy (Scott) Jenkins of Powell, Ohio; his brother, Russell Brown of San Jose, California; his sister, Dorothy (Pat) Cowher of Westerville, Ohio; younger brothers, Dan, Ken and Tim Brown; his grandchildren, Dr. Ron (Natasha) Brown, Matthew (Lauren) Brown and Jennifer Brown, all of the Columbus area, Emily Fisher of Niles, Brandon Fisher of Austintown and David Jenkins and Allie Jenkins, of Powell and great-grandchildren, Cooper, Addilyn, Olivia and Dev.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ralph and his wife of 43 years, Etta (Cowher) Brown.

Finding happiness again with Carol, Jerry enjoyed their 12 years in Myrtle Beach before returning to Ohio to be closer to family. They loved their bike rides and the companionship of their dogs, Lulu and Jesse. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Avenue, Austintown, OH 44515 where a funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Angels for Animals, 4750 W. South Range Road, Canfield, OH 44406.

A television tribute will air Thursday, September 15 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.