James L. Brown

February 7, 2021

James L. Brown, 94, of Frankfort, died February 7, 2021 at Wesley Manor.  Jim was born February 6, 1927 in Clinton County to the late Zinn & Mary (Laughner) Brown Biesecker.  In April of 1949 he married Bonnie Catron.

Jim was a graduate of Frankfort High School and attended Tampa Watchmaker School.  He was a watchmaker and co-owner of J & D Jewelry Store, in Frankfort, Ind. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, during WWII and served from 1945-1947. Jim served on the Frankfort City Council from 1964-1968 then he was elected Mayor of the City of Frankfort, serving until 1972.  He was a member of the Moose, VFW, American Legion and the former Frankfort Country Club.

Jim was an avid golfer and greatly enjoyed playing in the Moose Golf League for several years with his grandson Ryan. Other interests include dancing, karaoke, ping pong and playing cards. He also enjoyed spending winters in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Visitation and Services

During the current climate, we encourage family and friends to memorialize Jim in their own way. (bowl of chili, bag of popcorn, or a cold beer) An opportunity for sharing and fellowship may be planned in the future. Memorial donations in honor of Jim may be made to the Moose Lodge #7, 2880 E. Wabash St., Frankfort, IN 46041 or The Frankfort VFW, 309 N. Main St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

Surviving Jim are his loving companion, Rose Austin of Frankfort, daughter: Jami Bell of Frankfort, 2 Grandchildren: Ryan (wife Jennifer) Bell of Brownsburg and Alyssa Bell of Philadelphia, PA., two great grandchildren, Kyler & Quinn Bell at home with parents, Ryan and Jennifer.


Leave your Condolences

19 Condolences for “James L. Brown”

  1. Butch Huffer February 8, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Jim and I go back a lot of years, we played a lot of golf and had some really good times. He will be missed, my prayers are with you, God Bless.

  2. Vic & Denise Aubie February 8, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    The family of Jim Brown and Rose, Our deepest condolences on the death of Jim, we were neighbors in Melody Gardens, Florida. And spent many days whether golfing with Vic and the park or singing at karaoke. He was a great dancer. We missed him and Rose after they left the park. Our deepest condolences. Vic and Denise Aubie, N.B. Canada

  3. Angie Sceggell February 8, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    So sorry for the loss of such a special human being. I feel sure he and George Sceggell are talking about golf.

    • Rose Austin February 9, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you Angie. I hope he and George can be together. I know I’m going to miss him but he is in a better place. Love you.

  4. Kenny and Sally Mitchell February 8, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Sorry for your loss sending prayers and hugs. Jim was such a sweet man always had a smile, Kenny enjoyed playing cards with him at the Village Pantry out by the senior high school.

  5. Sandra Glover February 8, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    I was so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a very nice man and we enjoyed having a lot of dinners with him and Rose at the American Legion. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Anne Fournier February 9, 2021 at 9:09 am

    My condolences to Rose, and to Jim’s family. I met Jim in Melody Gardens, when he spent winters there. He was always such a friendly man, and as luck would have it he carried a spare battery for my watch. Always grateful for his help. Take care of your self Rose.

  7. Linda Bowlin February 9, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Sorry to lose our Euchre buddy! Jim was so much fun. You could never get a step ahead of him. He will be missed.
    Linda Shilkett Bowlin

  8. John Elliott February 9, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    The best watchmaker ever. I tried to keep him busy working on my watches. My condolences to Jim’s family and to Rose. He was a good one.

  9. Terry February 9, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    Dear Rose and all of Jim’s family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time . We all have great memories of Jim at Melody Gardens in Florida. God Bless.
    Terry(purple lady)

  10. shellie Bates Dexter February 10, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Deepest sympathy. Jim was a great guy….he will be missed.

  11. Shirley Rosen February 10, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Rose and Jim’s family,
    So sorry for your loss! We will miss seeing him here at the Manor. Such a nice guy! Thoughts and prayers, Ron and Shirley Rosen

  12. Vickie Goff February 10, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    You will be missed, Jim. We all had so much fun and made so many good memories. So glad I met you and had the chance to enjoy a part of your life . RIP My Friend. Love ya.

  13. Scheid Family February 11, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Good man and a Great Mayor. Our Condolences to Jamie & family.

  14. Larry Rothenberger February 11, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Always enjoyed seeing Jim. Never saw him without a smile on his face. I will miss seeing him on the golf course, my office or uptown. Peace my friend.

  15. Janice Gill February 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Jamie and family, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your father and grandfather Jim Brown. We loved seeing him visit Rose who lives just two houses down from us in the Manor Village. We miss seeing you, Jamie, and all our neighbors on Boone Street.
    Gordon and Janice Gill

  16. Fred Taylor February 12, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    Jim was a good man and I really liked our chats. We talked a little politics, current events, and a little about life in general. I will miss Jim very much.

    Fred Taylor
    Executive Director
    Wesley Manor

  17. Kelly Stokes February 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Cheers cheers to a life well lived, Rest in Peace Jim
    Love, Danny and Kelly Stokes

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