Madison / Waunakee: Vernon R. Brown, age 93, passed away Monday, January 27, 2014 at Waunakee Manor.

Vernon was born in Madison December 22, 1920, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Amdahl) Brown. He was a life- long resident of Madison graduating from West High School in 1940, where he was an All- State football star. Vernon entered the US Army during WWII, and following a medical discharge he continued to serve his country working at Badger Ordinance until the end of the war. He married his childhood neighbor and high school sweetheart, Jane Sansone, June 28, 1941 at St Joseph Catholic Church in Madison.

Vernon was a Master Carpenter working for Findorff Construction for 30+ years. He also served as Trustee for the Local 314 Carpenters Union. Vernon always had a smile, and loved his family. The love he had for his family came from his heart, and also his hands as he passed his carpenter skills and talents onto his sons and grandchildren. Whenever and wherever there was something being built, Vern would be there with his tools and endless supply of nails.

Vernon is survived by his two sons, Vernon C. Brown, of Waunakee, Gary J. (Deb) Brown of Sun Prairie, four grandchildren; Jodie (Shane) Sorenson and Vernon C. (Sabrina) Brown II, of Waunakee, and Chris (Penny) Brown and Nick Brown of Madison, 11 cherished great-grandchildren, a brother Ed (Pug) Brown, Cottage Grove, sister-in-laws; Betty Brown, Kay Brown, and Joan Sansone, and many nieces and nephews. Vernon was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Jane; brothers, Arnold, Bill, and George, sisters; Helen Folstad, Loretta Nelson, Betty Reinen, and Margaret Caravello.

There will be a visitation from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm TODAY, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at WINN-CRESS FUNERAL HOME 5785 HWY Q, Waunakee, WI 53597. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 31, 2014, at ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC CHURCH 209 South St. Waunakee, WI, with visitation from 10am until the time of Mass at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Waunakee Manor for their loving and compassionate care shown to Vern and the whole family.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Vernon's name to the Alzheimer's Association.