Obituaries – 10-30-2013

Jerrold ‘Jerry’ Brown

Jerrold “Jerry” Brown, 88, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 21, in Washington, D.C., due to an accidental fall. He was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Monroe, Wis., the second son of the late Lena Thomm and Elgar Brown.

He graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degreee in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and held a master’s degree in economics from the University of Arizona-Tuscon. He served in the U.S. Army in the European theater during World War II. He twice received the Bronze Star, and was especially proud of his Combat Infantryman Badge, representing the day-in and day-out slogging of combat.

Mr. Brown married Joyce Stauffacher Aug. 22, 1948. He was hired by the newly formed Foreign Broadcast Information Service (a branch of the CIA), where he served a long and illustrious career. During his career, he lived overseas in Cyprus and, after a promotion to bureau chief, in Austria, Germany, Panama, and Okinawa.

In 1964, he received the CIA Intelligence Medal of Merit for work in Panama during that year’s anti-American riots. He also received the CIA Distinguished Service Medal and, after 30 years, the CIA Career Service Medal. He retired in 1980as deputy director of FBIS.

He traveled extensively for business and on vacations with his family.

After retirement, Jerry and Joyce moved to Holmes Beach, where he played tennis and enjoyed a membership in the Key Royale Club. The couple enjoyed camping, hiking and travel of all kinds, as well as birdwatching. Both were members of the Manatee County Audubon Society.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Joyce, having celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August; children Kathy and husband Rick Calvert of Adamstown, Md., Susan Grove-Ka and husband Harry of Placentia, Calif., and Dave Brown and wife Norma of Fairfax, Va.; and grandchildren Casey, Laura and Claire Calvert and Lyndsey, Ryan and Derek Grove.


Gregg W. Erickson

Gregg W. Erickson, 51, of Bradenton died Oct. 20.

A private memorial service is planned.

Mr. Erickson is survived by his wife Janice; parents Terry and Jay Erickson of Holmes Beach; sisters Dawn Erickson and husband Jim Springer of Kabul, Afghanistan; Deborah and husband Dave Pate of Holmes Beach; brother Jay II and wife Jennifer of Powell, Tenn; brother-in-law Mike and wife Candy Suggs of Bradenton; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


Jose Luis ‘Joe’ Villa

Jose Luis “Joe” Villa, 81, of Bradenton, died Aug. 11. He was born in 1932 in Cabañas, Cuba. He moved to Bradenton in 1998.

He graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in chemistry and moved to the United States in 1954. He earned 41 patents for his work in chemistry throughout his successful career.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.

Mr. Villa is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lilo; son Raymond; daughter Elke; grandsons Max and Sebastian; and sister Mercy.

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