ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Former Ohio resident Lester E. Brown, 90, passed on July 1, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, at home under the care of his loving wife of 40 years and his family.

A viewing was held in the Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 East St., Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Graveside services for the family will be held at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery at a later date.

Lester was born May 12, 1921, in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to Michael William and Ella Mae Brown.

He was in the Ohio State Militia in 1941 during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was then called to active duty in the U.S. Army and was deployed during World War II. He received a minor wound in combat and was awarded a Purple Heart.

After the war, he moved to Alaska in 1951 with his first wife, Leila Rose, and his young daughter. He loved Alaska and made it his lifelong home. In earlier times, he liked to trap and fish. He lived both in Palmer and in Anchorage.

In 1971, he married the love of his life, Hazel Whiteus. They began a family and raised all four of their children in Alaska.

Upon his move to Alaska, Lester worked for the Alaska Railroad and at Jonesville Coal Mine. He was a talented concrete finisher as well as concrete statue creator. He owned and operated his own businesses, Quality Concrete and Ornamental Concrete until his retirement.

Lester was a life member of the American Legion Spenard Post 28, a member of the VFW Capt. James G. Lee Post 1685, a Charter Member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 4207, Auxiliary member of the Aurora Borealis Ladies Post 21 American Legion, and a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge Family Center 1307 in Newcomerstown, Ohio. Until his declining health, he was an active member of the various veterans' organizations holding several commanding positions over many years.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brothers, Cecil and Walter (Buck); sister, Ruth; and first wife, Leila Rose.

Lester leaves behind his beloved wife, Hazel of Anchorage; daughters, Melanie (Herb) Hancock of Eagle River, Samantha (Thomas) Tomasi of Big Lake, and Anita (Thomas) Greve, Georgina Flaherty (fiancé Milton Subica), all of Anchorage; son, George (Jeri) Brown of Anchorage; grandchildren, Wade Dwiggins, Vincent Tomasi, Deavun Wirkus, Dylun Brown, Cecelia Brown, Braydun Brown, Christopher Crouch, Cheyenne Crouch, Leilani Subica and Kainoa Subica; his honorary sister-in-law, Judy Hannaman; many nieces and nephews; and last but not least, his faithful canine companion, Mr. Wilson.

The family asks that instead of flowers, donations be made to: Alzheimer's Association of Alaska or Hospice of Alaska.