John O. Brown III


Mr. John O. Brown, III, 69, of Seymour, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018, at Schneck Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at First Marion Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 with Rev. Z. Allen Abbott and Rev. Jeff Hood officiating. Burial will follow at First Marion Baptist Church Cemetery.

Friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service from 3:30 to 7:30 PM on Monday, February 26, 2018 and at First Marion Baptist Church after 2:00 PM on Tuesday until the time of service.

John was born June 30, 1948 in Middletown, CT to John Otis, Jr and Barbara (Karpe) Brown. He married Carolyn (Engle) Ulrey on November 30, 1990 at First Marion Baptist Church.

John was an active member of First Marion Baptist Church in Commiskey, where he served in multiple capacities. His true passion was leading children’s message where he loved being able to share the stories of the Bible with the youth of the church and providing tootsie pops from Pops.

John collected airports and had traveled through 231. He worked 10 years at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft as a master machinist. He worked on the first 747 engines and machined special components for the lunar landing missions. John worked at United Corporation as an Audit Supervisor, was a quality manager over ITT Grennel in Kentucky, and was the 13th person hired and the only non-Cummins or Case employee for CDC in Rocky Mount. He came to Cummins in Columbus to work on corporate quality systems for supplier management, then left to consult and teach for Quality Alert Institute in New York City. He worked 10 years at TUV Rheinland reporting to both the US and Cologne, Germany.

His education included an AA, BA and MBA, plus degrees and multiple certifications in multiple countries.

John received the first Automotive Industry Action Group outstanding achievement award. He was also recognized by the American Society of Quality as a Fellow for his contributions. He wrote and published over 40 papers including a book on Supplier Management. John was on the Board of Examiners for the first 5 years of the Malcolm Baldridge Award where he attended ceremonies at the White House with Presidents Reagan and Bush.

He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters, Mendi (Mike) Lovins and Alicia (Julian) Farbstein, 4 grandchildren, Samuel and Benjamin Farbstein, Makenna Lovins, and Micaela (Sam) Weaver, and 2 nieces, Kim (Ron) Sansone and Heather (Brian) Powers, 2 brothers and several brothers and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial checks may be written to Heifer Project International or First Marion Baptist Cemetery Fund.

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