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Opal Ruth Brown

August 20, 2012

    Opal Ruth (Bowen) Brown, 86, a longtime resident of Decatur, passed away August 17, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Hospice Center in Indianapolis. 
    Born on November 15, 1925, to Aaron and Zelma Bowen, she resided in rural Union township most of her adult life.
    Opal married Herman Don Brown on December 14, 1944; he preceded her in death in 2007.
    She worked for many years at the Schaffer Company in Decatur. She was a member of the East Liberty United Methodist Church, rural Monroeville, where she served as an accomplished pianist for many years.
    Among survivors are sons, James (Coe Anne) Brown of Zionsville, Ind., and Jerry (Debbie) Brown of Indianapolis; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
    She was preceded in death by one brother, Chester.
    Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, in the East Liberty United Methodist Church, with visitation at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Officiating the service will be Rev. Robert Klingle.
    Burial will be in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery.  Officiating the service will be Rev. Robert Klingle.
    Preferred memorials are to the East Liberty United Methodist Church.
    Arrangements are being handled by Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
    Online condolences may be made at

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