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Virgil Eugene "Gene" Brown, 90, Columbus

Virgil Eugene "Gene" Brown, 90, Columbus, died at 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehab in Columbus.

He was born in Brown County, Dec. 9, 1922, the son of the late Virgil Emmitt and Ruth Elizabeth Neff Brown. He married Bonnie Mae Bay on June 26, 1945. She survives.

Gene was a 1941 graduate of Brown County High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945 and was a member of the 134th Infantry division. During the war, he was held as a German prisoner of war. He worked at Cummins Engine Co. for 43 years. Gene was a member of Columbus First Church of the Nazarene and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. His hobbies included gardening, sharpshooting, fishing, fly making and spending time with family.

In addition to his wife, Gene is survived by children, Sherrie (John) McDonald and Doug (Cathy) Brown; grandchildren, Daryl (Rhonda) Eickbush, Debbie Amstutz, Ross (Jeanna) Eickbush, Heather and Tony McDonald, Regiana (George) Sistevaris, Jessica (Tommy) Loboda and Pollianna Brown; 15 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lou Ann (Jerry) Mihay, Kay (Marvin) Frownfelter, Wayne (Rose) and Dale (Jeannine) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Bonnie "Peachie" Brown Gaither; sisters, Mary Esther Brown and Ruth Ernestine Bertotti; and brothers, Noel "Rock" and Marshall Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1245 McClure Road, with the Rev. Robert Muncie and the Rev. Damon Spurgeon officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday Jan. 3 at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideon's International or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

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  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.