In Memorial


Benjamin L. Brown

Date of Death: August 17th, 2020
27 in Av 5780


Benjamin L. Brown, 65, son of the late Ellis and Marilyn Brown, loving husband of Alison Carney Brown, doting father of daughters Beth and Ella and stepson James (Meghan) Decker, proud father-in-law of the late Keely Yaeger Decker, adoring grandfather to Jagger and Conner and loyal brother of Jay (Lonnie), Jack (Julie) and Marc.

Ben had an infectious personality, making everyone he came in touch with feel special. So many long-term friends and acquaintances will remember Ben's quick wit and special sense of humor. A lover of film and theater Ben enjoyed participating in classes at Chicago's Second City as well as acting in small local live productions.

Among Ben's many interests were experiencing the amazing Chicago restaurant scene, riding his motorcycles, playing softball with his friends, following Bruce Springsteen tours to cities all around the country, and watching his beloved Blackhawks and Cubs.

A graduate of Evanston Township High School and University of Illinois, after working in several accounting positions Ben eventually found a home for over 33 years as the Controller for his family's business, Mid-States Recycling, Inc.

Ben raised money yearly by doing "Ride for Kids". Donations can therefore be made to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in his honor.

The loss of Ben, his laugh, his smile, his honesty and his decency will no doubt leave a void in so many of our hearts. Private funeral service. For information, including the link to the funeral service, please contact Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, (847) 255-3520 or

Service Information

Service : Wednesday, August 19th at 2:00 pm
Service Location: Private Graveside Service -Shalom Memorial Park

Shalom Memorial Park
1700 W. Rand RoadArlington Heights

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August 22nd, 2020

I am in a state of shock, just heard.

A man who enjoyed life and loved his family. I can hear some of the jokes he told. He talked about his family and his children in his emails to me.

I offer thoughts and prayers to a man who will be missed dearly.

Love, Alan & Liz Hale

~Alan Hale
~Friend, Chicago, IL

August 19th, 2020

Playing pinball for hours and hours at U of I!

~Howard & Kelley Schwartz
~Friend, Buffalo Grove, IL

August 19th, 2020

Ben was a wonderful person to know on a professional level, he will be greatly missed. One of my favorite things about him was his sense of humor. He shared many great stories with me and had some great jokes. May he rest in peace.

~Vicky Kosik
~, Northbrook


Yahrzeit Dates For Benjamin L. Brown

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
27th of Av 57818/5/2021
27th of Av 57828/24/2022
27th of Av 57838/14/2023
27th of Av 57848/31/2024
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