Noel Warren ‘Skip’ Brown, 78, retired Navy commander known for gentle spirit and humility

Commander Noel Warren "Skip" Brown (Courtesy of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts)
Commander Noel Warren “Skip” Brown (Courtesy of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts)

Commander Noel Warren “Skip” Brown, USN (Retired), 78, passed away on November 30, 2015 in Virginia Beach, VA. He maintained his spirit, humor and love of family throughout his life despite complications from his most recent surgery.

He was born in Attica, Indiana, on April 25, 1937, the son of the late Noel W. and Maxine B. Brown. He attended Attica High School and graduated from Purdue University in 1958 as well as from the United States Naval Academy in 1962. He served a distinguished 22-year career in the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare and naval intelligence officer, retiring in 1984 as a Commander. He also attended the Naval War College and earned two postgraduate degrees from the George Washington University and from the University of Southern California. While serving in Vietnam with Navy Intelligence in the Mekong Delta, he was awarded the Bronze Star with the Combat “V”. After retiring from the Navy, he was employed by several defense contractors on intelligence support programs, and retired from Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding after 16 years of service. He was an active member of Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach, VA. In his later years he served his church as its cemetery manager.

Skip is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 53 years, Linda B. Brown of Virginia Beach, VA; son Michael W. Brown (Elizabeth) of Virginia Beach; daughters Katherine “Katie” Reilly (Gregory) of Woodbridge, Virginia and Deborah Schroeder (Charles) E. Schroeder of Appleton, Wisconsin; and ten grandchildren: Haley and Delaney Brown; Sean, Megan, Shannon and Erin Reilly; and James, Benjamin, Samuel and Emilie Schroeder, all of whom he loved with all his heart. He also leaves a brother, William C. Brown (Cindy) of Veedersburg, Indiana and a sister, Saundra “Sandi” Wilson (Wilbert), of Lake Arrowhead, California.

He was a man of many talents, but will be remembered most for his love of country, his gentleness and quiet spirit, and his appreciation of people and his humility. He touched many people throughout his lifetime, and his friendly demeanor spread sunshine to all of his family, many friends, classmates, shipmates, and neighbors. He will be lovingly remembered by them all.

A memorial service was held December 5, 2015, at the Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church and was followed by burial in ESC Cemetery with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery Trust Fund or to the Eastern Shore Chapel Food Closet.

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