Mr. John R. Browning, Jr.
Mr. John R. Browning, Jr.
April 15 and 16, 1945 – November 12, 2019
Naples, Florida— John R Browning Jr, 74, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born to his very caring and loving parents John “Jack” and Ellen Browning on April 15th, not the 16th, in Willard, Ohio where he spent his formative years before moving to the Sandusky/Huron area. He lived the last several years of his life in Naples, Florida. A place he had grown to love after spending numerous years vacationing with friends and his most beloved wife Cheryl Macki Browning, who preceded him in death on April 2nd, 2003.
He enjoyed life like no one else! He loved his daily swims and walks with his beloved dog Lily, spending time with his friends, and driving around with the top down~Lily most often in the passenger seat right beside him. He was a great friend, an amazing and loving father, grandfather, uncle, and brother who absolutely cherished his time with all of us.
John is survived by his daughter, Nicole “Nikki” Payne, St. Petersburg, FL; son in law Rex Payne, Buford, Ga; His beloved and adoring grandchildren Kayla C Payne, Clearwater, FL; Makenzie Jo Payne, Buford, Ga; His sweet sister Cindy Connolly, Toledo, Oh; her sons Andrew and Seth; His beloved nieces, Heather Browning, of San Francisco, Ca; Andrea Myers, and her husband Matt, of Warner Robins, Ga; nephew Brian Blum, and his wife Betsy of Dexter, Mi; As well as several other nieces, nephews, and cousins; a plethora of cherished friends; and last but not least his beloved dog, and adoring companion Lily.
While John will be greatly missed by all of us, we find comfort in knowing that he has now been reunited with the love of his life Cheryl, and all of their dogs who they parented in their years together and preceded his recent death.
Family will be receiving friends on Friday Nov. 15, between the hours of 4-6 p.m. at Naples Funeral home located at 3107 Davis Blvd, Naples, Florida 34104. A future service (date to be determined and announced at a later time) will also be held in Sandusky, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers the family is suggesting that memorials may be made to the Naples Humane Society, www.hsnaples.org
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In Mr. Browning’s own words:
I will try to make this short and sweet, as I don’t want to bore you. Note: birthdate above. I was born at home on the 15th about 11:30pm, but by the time Mom and I got to the hospital and the doctor arrived, it was after midnight; so, the dumb doctor put 4-16-1945 on my birth certificate. End of story.
For those who know me well, know I was born in Willard, Ohio, went to school in Willard, etc., etc., etc. Those who didn’t know me well couldn’t give a damn about all the trivial information.
As I write this on 4-26-2019, none of us know if we have another day, month, year or more left on this planet. I just want to say, in my 74 years, I’ve had a great ride. I had a job that I loved and got to meet a lot of really nice people and became good friends with many of them. So, don’t weep for me Bo-Peep. Just stop and think: what other species of animal lives for 70+ years? Damn few.
I had loving and caring parents; I had wonderful dogs; two good wives; (they just had a lousy husband. Well, I wasn’t that bad, I hope.); a very lovely and caring daughter whom I am very proud of; two granddaughters that I love dearly and am also very proud of; my sweet sister, Cindy; and many great friends.
The only bad thing I can say, as of 4-26-2019, is our U.S. Congress is one big failure. 98% of them belong in hell.
Well, it’s Friday and almost 5:00pm, so I’m going to make myself a cocktail. Goodbye. – John