John R. Browning

February 8, 1930 - April 17, 2021
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John R. Browning passed away April 17, 2021, in his favorite spot sitting at the kitchen table watching the birds outside. John was born February 8, 1930, to Norman and Margaret (Richards) Browning in Guernsey County. John graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1947. He served his country with the US Army (1952…

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John R. Browning passed away April 17, 2021, in his favorite spot sitting at the kitchen table watching the birds outside. John was born February 8, 1930, to Norman and Margaret (Richards) Browning in Guernsey County. John graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1947. He served his country with the US Army (1952-1954) in Austria assigned to the Headquarters Detachment of the 430 C.I.C. He was a proud member of the Masons for over 50 years, serving as Grand Master twice.

He was a devoted husband to Norma (Johnson/survives him) for seventy-two years and a loving father to John Richard (JB), Jean, Mary, and Paul (recently deceased). John had a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was loved and beloved by his brothers: Norman (Buck), Edward (Ed), Eugene (Gene), and Carl (all deceased). He is survived by his sister, Karen (Joseph) Pace, and a gaggle of nieces and nephews whom he treated as his own.

Born of straitened means, he was raised to value hard work, personal industry, and self-sufficiency. John was a man of simple tastes, and he always attended to the needs of family before his own. He respected honesty and was forthright and direct about calling things the way he saw them – a rose was a rose, but horse manure was horse**** – regardless of the source. Those who knew John respected his judgement, sought out and valued his opinions, and were entertained by his sense of humor.

He enjoyed telling stories from his life experiences and many enjoyed hearing them – whether about canning peaches and neatly stacking them with his mother (Buck and Ed had jobs), washing the outhouse down on wash day (“Even in the winter, too damn often.”), unloading boxcars full of manganese (had the gnarled fingers from hitting the side of the boxcar to prove it), or the value of a good poking stick for a bonfire – John was an entertaining orator.

In keeping with his wishes, John was cremated on April 22, 2021, and he directed there be no public service or calling hours. A special thank you is extended to Judy Johnson who was a pillar of strength for John and JB during this time.

John was a force to be reckoned with while playing euchre, so may his family and friends all give a final “Euchy Deuchy!” in his honor.


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Born: February 8, 1930
Died: April 17, 2021

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Janice and Mel McAfee posted on 5/4/21

John Brown was a neighbor of our. The kind of neighbor that you like. He was there if you needed him. You could ever have a quick visit with John because once he started telling you stories, he had you hooked. I am sorry that I didn't take more time to listen to what he had to say. John and his wife, both kept their door open for anyone that came to their door. John now will be looking down to see we that we keep our door open. To the Brown Family, we are sorry for your loss and if we can be of any help, come to our door.


Lucas Pace posted on 4/30/21

I've come to enjoy many things in my 51 years living in God's creation, but none more than the family my mom and dad gave me. I always looked forward to seeing my Uncles and Aunts, having quite a few I enjoyed every one of them especially my Uncle John. I remember Uncle John teaching me how to play euchre with my Uncle Ed in the backroom at Grandma Browning's house during family gatherings. I remember many good times at his house on 21 playing on the tractors, playing hide-and-seek, playing volleyball, and having wiener roasts around a fire with the family. I also remember heading to Maine around 1978 on a family vacation with my parents, siblings, my Uncle John, Aunt Norma, my cousins Paul, Mary, and Jean. My Uncle John and a few others helped my dad replace the transmission in our car that had went out a few days before the trip. During this trip my Uncle John taught me two very important lessons in life, the first being the need of a really good poking stick for a camp fire and the second was to never pee on the fire. I have many other great memories but I'll keep them as my own, until we meet again Uncle John! Lucius Luke


Lucas Pace posted on 4/30/21

Praying for Aunt Norma, as well as my cousins John, Mary, and Jean during this difficult time. When the Lord calls me home I hope to see Uncle John at the gates of Heaven waiting to help me find the perfect poking stick.


Elaine Meyers posted on 4/30/21

Mary, Jean, and family...I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for all.


Amy Pace posted on 4/29/21

You will be missed. Famous Amos


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 4/29/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of John R. Browning, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, John R. Browning, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Keith & Deb Zimmerman posted on 4/28/21

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts to Norma and the family.


Pam (Liedtke) Bleininger posted on 4/28/21

Mary and Jean, so sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers


Gail Browning posted on 4/28/21

John was my favorite brother-law and I had a few. He always kidded me about my Maine accent .He truly was a fine person and treated me well even though I was not a Buckeyr. Rest In Peace you are missed.


Rita Murphy posted on 4/28/21

Norma and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and comfort you at such a sad time.


Valerie Cookson posted on 4/28/21

So sorry for the loss of Your Father J. B. ??


Bob and Cindy Mathias posted on 4/28/21

With deepest sympathy to Norma and family. May John rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord.