James Edward Brown passed away peacefully at his home in Newport Beach, Calif., on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the age of 95.
Jim was born in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Annette W. Brown and Philip P. Brown. He had one sister, Marilyn Snyder. After high school, Jim attended the University of Virginia. His education there was interrupted when he enlisted in the Army to serve in World War II. He was sent to the Asiatic-Pacific theater with battles and campaigns in New Guinea, the southern Philippines and Luzon, receiving three bronze stars, good conduct ribbons and World War II victory medals. In addition, he was a carbine marksman and a rifle sharpshooter. He received his honorable discharge from the Army on Jan. 7, 1946. Jim was recognized as a supporter of the World War II National Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He returned home to the U.S. and finished his college career at Ohio State University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering on Sept. 5, 1949.
Besides working in the steel business, Jim found time to join some hunt clubs, and enjoyed fox hunting on his good horse, Domino. While back in Ohio, Jim took flying lessons. He loved flying!
In his early 30s, he and his father moved to Los Angeles and opened Brown Steel Supply Co. (later named California Steel & Tube) in the City of Industry. Jim was president and CEO of his company. He was also very active in the City of Industry as president of the Industry Manufacturers Council and a member of the board of the Bank of Industry.
Jim met his wife, Lois Linsman, through a mutual friend in 1957. They married at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Jan. 19, 1958. Together they raised three beautiful children. In January, they celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary.
A lover of sports, Jim played golf and tennis and enjoyed skiing up until age 75. His greatest pleasure was flying his family up to their home in Sun Valley, Idaho, to enjoy all of the above activities. He also enjoyed taking good friends on golfing and fishing trips.
Jim was a pleasant, kind, respectful, smart and lovable man. His family was so fortunate to have had him as a husband, a father and grandfather. We miss him tremendously.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lois; his sons, Douglas and Peter; his daughter, Suzy, and her husband, Rainer; three grandsons, Steven, Daniel and Joshua; and his daughter-in-law, Janet. His granddaughter, Kaleen, passed away two years ago after battling leukemia.
Jim was laid to rest with a military burial at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Calif., on April 3, 2019.