More detail on this person: Paul John "PaPa" Brown - On Tuesday, April 16, 2008, Paul flew his last mission and joined his many brothers that have died as a result of Agent Orange. Paul suffered for the last nineteen years of his life. The soldier in him wouldn't give in. Born September 11, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, he moved to Ocala in the early 1950's and has always considered it to be his hometown. He attended Ocala High before joining the Florida Army National Guard in Ocala in 1956. Paul loved fast cars, especially his 68' Shelby 500, NASCAR racing flying helicopters, RC airplanes, even though he hadn't been able to get to the Ocala Model Flying Club field in years. Jack's Hobby in Ocala was his favorite shopping place. He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Summerfield, Belleview American Legion, DAV, Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assoc. and the AMA. He flew two tours in Vietnam as a gunship pilot on missions into Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam. He continued his flying career after leaving the service flying off tuna boats, oil rigs and tourist around Branson, Missouri. He was a maintenance supervisor for Sikorsky Helicopter Co., Ken Air in Gainesville, Charter Air and Brownie Helicopter in San Diego, California. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Gwenevere K. Brown of Summerfield; his Aunt Paulette M. Tansey of San Diego, California; his Sister-in-law Dolores Y. Asp of Dixon Illinois; Brother-in-law Gweldon L. Johnson of Zephyrhills, Florida; Dolores A. Channell of Daytona Beach, Florida and Jason Owen of Ft. Stewart, Georgia. He is proceeded in death by his Father, Robert E. Brown of Ocala, Florida; his mother Helen; Maternal Grandmother Henrietta Tansey of San Diego, California; Paternal Grandparents Homer & Mary Brown of Chicago, Illinois. Special thanks to the Marion County Hospice staff, Dr. David Elliott, Robin, Beverly, Linda and all the unseen faces that make it work. His VA Doctors and Debby Harper, his VA Nurse for 10 years. There will be a memorial service the end of May, 2008. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Marion County Hospice in his name.
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