Hubert N. Brown (“Brownie”), 96, formerly of Salem, Ohio, died on Feb. 12, 2019. He was born April 6, 1922 in Bluefield, West Virginia to Pearl and William T. Brown.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Brown; his sister, Mary Hull; his brothers, William and James Brown; and his son, Richard Brown.

He is survived by his dear sister, Doris Sonagere; daughter Cheryl Brown Drake; son-in-law Richard Drake; daughter-in-law, Sue Brown; seven grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He proudly served in the Navy during World War II as a forward torpedoman on the USS Pampanito, currently located at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Anyone who knew Hubert knows that this was a defining period in his life. Later, he was self-employed as the owner/operator of Brown’s Sohio in Salem on E. State St. After retiring from the service station business, he and Dorothy spent time taking care of Churchill Crest Farm, their 88-acre farm outside of Lisbon, Ohio. He was proud of his family and enjoyed woodworking (including operating his sawmill), taking care of livestock, harvesting crops, and making improvements on the farm. He always had multiple projects in the works.

Services will be private at a future date. The family thanks the staff at Compassus Hospice and Beachwood Commons Assisted Living for their wonderful care, patience, and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Hubert’s memory to the USS Pampanito Preservation Campaign, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, Fort Mason Center, Building E, PO Box 470310, San Francisco, CA 94147 or online at