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H. Merle Brown
(02-21-1918 - 10-12-2017)

 Harold Merle Brown of Elgin passed into eternal life on October 12, 2017. He was born to Henry and Birdie (Hoke) Brown on February 21, 1918 in Laurelville, Pa. He married Dorothy L. Noffsinger on August 8, 1951. She preceded him in death on March 13, 1981. He married Lottie (Meadows) Yohn on September 6, 1984.
Merle was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert Henry and Vernon Crosby Brown.
Surviving are his wife, son Douglas of Elgin, daughter Cathy (Dana) McNeil of Peoria, and four step-sons, Steve (Janice) Yohn, Ken Yohn, Chuck (Sharon) Yohn, and Phil (Kristy) Yohn and grandchildren Shannon and Megan McNeil and Sarah, Matt, Katie, Jacob, Marty and Emily Yohn.
Merle was employed by the Church of the Brethren General Offices for 28 years as an accountant. He was a member of the Highland Ave Church of the Brethren.
A memorial service will be held at Highland Ave Church of the Brethren in Elgin at 11 am on November 18, 2017. Pastor Katie Shaw Thompson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Emmaus in Mount Morris, IL. Laird Funeral Home, Elgin is assisting the family with arrangements. For information call 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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