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John "JB" Brown

July 24, 1950 ~ September 13, 2019 (age 69)

John W. “JB” Brown, 69, of Washington, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, September 13, 2019, at his residence. John was born July 24, 1950, in Peoria the son of John “Tom” and Shirley Hagenstoz Brown.  He married Deborah L. Clark on September 4, 1971 in Washington, IL.

Surviving are his wife, one sister Julie (Bruce) Schrock all of Washington along with one niece Ashley (Jonathan) Vallosio of Indianapolis, IN and a host of extended family and close friends.

A 1968 graduate of Washington Community High School, he proudly served his country with the Illinois National Guard. John owned and operated Creative Lettering in Washington for 41 years.  

An avid Bowler John started at a young age, bowling at Eastside Lanes in Washington that his father owned and operated. He bowled multiple 300 games, and 800 series. John bowled for 40 years in the American Bowling Congress Tournament.  He served on the Greater Peoria Bowling Association for 16 years along with serving on the ABC/WIBC as a Certified Lane Inspector Workshop Instructor for 10 years; also as Assistant Secretary to the Greater Peoria Bowling Association for 7 years. In 1995 he was inducted into the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the Illinois Bowling Hall of Fame in 2002.

Visitation will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019, from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Additional visitation will be from 10:00AM until 10:45AM Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with services to follow at 11:00AM also at the funeral home.  Pastor Doug Hicks and Pastor Joe Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to Calvary Community Church 115 E. Jefferson St in Washington, IL or to Illinois Central Christian School, 22648 Grosenbach Rd, Washington, IL.  To share a memory or send a condolence for his family, visit

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