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Paul Albert Brown

December 31, 1921 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 102) 102 Years Old
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Paul Brown Obituary

Paul Albert Brown, age 102, of Cicero, Indiana passed away January 11, 2024 after a brief illness.  He was born December 31, 1921 at Indianapolis, Indiana to Paul and Blanche (Dunn) Brown.

He attended Indianapolis schools, graduating from Shortridge High School and then furthering his education he graduated from Butler University-Jordon College of Music. He then enlisted in the United States Army prior to World War II.  Paul was TEC 3, Signal Corps, 3187th Signal Service Battalion, serving in England, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.  He achieved Rifle Expert and three Bronze Stars.

Paul married Natalie (Ratliff) Brown May 6, 1943 prior to his deployment and they were married 66 years.

After serving his country honorably he returned home to finish his bachelor's degree in Music Education.  Following graduation, he became the orchestra and dance band director at Broad Ripple High School where he taught for 35 years.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife Natalie, his parents Blanche and Paul E. Brown.

He is survived by his twin daughters: Nancy Keys and Patty Creech, granddaughter: Angela Keys, grandson Paul Creech, four grandchildren. two granddaughters, and 5 step-grandchildren.

A time of visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. on January 19, 2024 at Hartley Funeral Home Cicero Chapel, 209 Jackson Street, Cicero, Indiana 46034.  A private burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Butler University, Jordan College of the Arts, Dean's Priority Needs Fund:   You may send condolences at


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January 19, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hartley Funeral Homes
209 W. Jackson Street
Cicero, IN 46034


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