Leslie E. Brown, 78, of Hookstown (Frankfort Springs, Boro), died peacefully on Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2013, at Heritage Valley Beaver, with his wife and family at his side.

Born April 19, 1935, in Eastville, PA, he was a son of the late Ellsworth and Fannie (Shade) Brown. Mr. Brown had worked as a well driller and was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Shippingport Lodge F&AM where he also served as a PM and was a 32nd Degree Mason of the New Castle Consistory. He also loved gardening and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Ann Higgins.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 53 years, Grace M. (Stephens) Brown; the couple were wed Oct. 1, 1960; his sisters, Linda McBride of Beaver Falls, Carolyn Berry of N.C. and Nancy Gallagher of FL; also nieces and nephews survive.

Family and friends are welcome to call at the McCONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 447 Pine Street, Hookstown, PA 15050, Daniel M. McConnell, Owner/Director, on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. only, where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Allison Bauer of the Frankfort Springs Presbyterian Church will officiate.

He will be laid to rest with full military honors being provided by the New Cumberland VFW Post in Grandview Cemetery, Florence.

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