Joseph R. “Joe” Brown, Jr. 68 of Troy, Illinois, formerly of Pekin, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle with cancer.
Joe was born on June 6, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri; a son to the late Joseph Ross and Elizabeth (Etter) Brown Sr. Joe graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1967. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. In 1974 he graduated from law school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and became licensed to practice the same year. Following graduation, Joe became an assistant States Attorney in Edwardsville, Madison County, Illinois where he handled many prosecuting assignments, including felony trials. In 1978, he left to work for Paul E. Riley and J. William Lucco, following the death of the legendary Dick Mudge. Becoming a partner in 1980, he practiced law in Edwardsville, Illinois for 39 years with his great friend and partner, Bill Lucco, until shortly before his death. Joe served as a Madison County Prosecutor and Assistant States Attorney from 1974 to 1978; he was a member of the Illinois Bar Association; a member of the Madison County Bar Association; the Missouri Bar Association; member of the US Supreme Court, Illinois Supreme Court and US District Court; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Troy, Illinois and a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy, Illinois. In his free time, Joe enjoyed playing golf with the Thursday night Golf League at Oakbrook in Edwardsville, Illinois and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini. Joe will be remembered for his community service, his kind heart and all the special times he shared with his family and friends.
Joe is survived by and will be missed by his wife of 41 years; “Patty” Patricia A. (Holshouser) Brown; his daughter, Jennifer (Logan) Brown-Ridenour of Troy, Illinois; his grandson, Lincoln Joseph Ridenour of Troy, Illinois; his brothers, William (Holly) Brown of Pekin, Illinois, Dr. Daniel (Virginia Weiler) Brown of Evansville, Indiana; his sister, Kristen (Jerry) O’Conner of Arlington Heights, Illinois; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Holshouser of Troy, Illinois; brothers-in-law, James (Colleen) Holshouser of Troy, Illinois, Robert Holshouser of Kissimmee, Florida; nephews, Walter (Lynn) Brown, David (Caroline) O’Conner, Mark O’Conner, Philip Brown; nieces, Shawna (Abby) Holshouser, Jamie (Nick) Leidenfrost, Kate Holshouser; great-nieces and nephews, Leah Brown, Will Brown, Lexi Brown, Wesley O’Conner, Elinor O’Conner, Sierra Holshouser, Alex Leidenfrost.
Friends may call on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon. In celebration of Joe’s life, visitation will continue on Monday, September 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. with Father Kevin Laughery officiating at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 511 South Main Street in Troy. Burial will be at a later date at Friedens Cemetery in Troy. Memorials are suggested to Siteman Cancer Center or BJC Hospice in Alton.
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