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George L. Brown

George L. Brown, age 80, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family, on Saturday Dec. 5th, 2020 after a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 13th, 1940 in Squires, MO, to Owen Brown and Irene Hanes.  George was a longtime Rochelle and Dekalb, Illinois area resident.  He worked for Del Monte in Dekalb and then for Petro in Rochelle until his retirement.

George loved muscle cars; owning and enjoying his 1973 Chevrolet Chevelle and various Chevrolet Corvettes over the years; and was active in the Hub City Cruisers automobile club. Also George was very proud of the family he helped create and nurture.

He is survived by his daughter, Angela Knight; son, Aaron Brown; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded by his parents, wife Sandra, and two brothers.

Private services will likely be held in the summer once it is safe to congregate. In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift fund has been established at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Sandra and George’s name, and can be accessed at