Frank W. Brownlee

BROWNLEE, Frank W., 89, of West Middletown, died at 10:20 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in his home, surrounded by family.

He was born on Nov. 5, 1923, in West Middletown, son of the late John and Dorothy Williams Brownlee.

Mr. Brownlee attended East Washington High School and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during WWII.

He was the owner and operator of Brownlee’s Homemade Ice Cream in West Middletown for more than 30 years. He was also employed by Weirton Steel for 30 years, retiring in 1976. After retiring from Weirton Steel he worked for his son’s company, Brownlee Trucking.

Mr. Brownlee was a member of Grove United Presbyterian Church; Weirton Steel 25-Year Club; Independent Steelworkers Union of Weirton; SNPJ Lodge 292 of Avella; a 50-year member of Bert C. Siders American Legion Post 643 of Avella; and Cozy Camp of Brockway. He had served on the Avella School Board and the board of West Middletown Borough, and was also a charter member of the West Middletown Fire Dept.

Mr. Brownlee was a lifelong resident of West Middletown. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening and hunting.

On Nov. 27, 1948, he married Dorothy Roux, who survives.

He was the last of his immediate family.

Surviving Mr. Brownlee are three sons, Frank E. (Andrea) Brownlee of West Middletown, Jack (Nancy) Brownlee of Weirton, WV, David (Laurie) Brownlee of West Middletown; six grandchildren, Dana (Jim) Gatewood, Chelsea Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Jaclyn (Brennan) Bish, Allie and Hanna Brownlee; two great-grandchildren, Hayden and Gavin Gatewood.

Preceding him in death were four sisters, Ruth Jones, Dorothy Andrews, Emma Keenan and Grace Ross; and two brothers, James and John Brownlee.

Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Jerome A. Stefkovich Funeral Home, Inc., located at 18 Campbell St., Avella, PA 15312, where additional visitations will be held from 10-11 a.m., the time of the service, on Wednesday, February 20, with Rev. Jack Emerick officiating.

Burial will be in West Middletown Cemetery. Full Military Rites will be accorded graveside by Bert C. Siders American Legion Post 643 of Avella.

Memorial contributions can be made to West Middletown Volunteer Fire Department.