LIMA -- Eldin Edison "Bus" Brown, 92, died in Roselawn Manor, Spencerville, Ohio, on January 2, 2014, of natural causes.
Bus was born in Lima, Ohio, to Bearl and Ethel Pearl Cummins Brown on May 5, 1921. He married Julia Good and the union produced five children. The marriage ended in divorce. Bus married Olga Jacecko on December 27, 1969, who survives.
Surviving relatives include three sisters, Betty Roose of Lima, Gloria Jenner of Lima and Donna Mae Deitzel of Canton, Ohio; all five children, Georgeana (Stan) Strayer of Gatlinburg, Tenn., Marcia Frankhouser of Pittsburg, Calif., Glenna Dray of Ludington, Mich., Dorene Cardozo of Bloomington, Ill., Emerson Brown of Alameda, Calif., and Olga's daughter, Patricia Cooper. Also surviving are grandchildren, Christopher (Nicole) Strayer of Columbus, Ohio, Heidi (Jeff) Wilcox of Marysville, Ohio, Jessica Strayer of Nashville, Tenn., Blake (Jamie) Osting of Kossuth, Ohio, Alana (Rick) Moore of Lima, Ohio, Brian (Stephanie) Dray of Gomer, Ohio, Greg (Kim) Dray of Dallas, Texas, Rachel Cardozo of Austin, Texas, and Joel Cardozo, Bloomington, Ill. Also surviving are 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Four brothers and a sister preceded Bus in death, Jay Brown, Russell Brown, Claude Brown, Don Brown and Barbara Ream.
Bus served with the United States Army from 1944-46. He was employed for many years by the Elida Local Schools as a maintenance manager. He was previously employed by Neal Machine & Tool and Steeles Paints Co.
Bus enjoyed playing bluegrass music on his harmonica with his friends at many gatherings and special events. Grover Hill was one of his favorite jam venues.
Visitation is from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, January 6, 2014, at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home & Cremation Services Shawnee Chapel, 1170 Shawnee Road, Lima, Ohio. The funeral service will begin immediately after the visitation at noon. Rev. Jerry Hall will officiate. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.