Wal­ter K. Brown­ing, busi­ness­man

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - — Fred­er­ick N. Ras­mussen

Wal­ter K. Brown­ing, a for­mer gro­cery store man­ager who later es­tab­lished an en­gine-re­pair busi­ness, died Sun­day of can­cer at Cross Keys Vil­lage, The Brethren HomeCom­mu­nity, in NewOx­ford, Pa. He was 87.

Wal­ter Kirkham Brown­ing was the son of Howard J. Brown­ing, a butcher, and Mar­garet Kirkham Brown­ing, a home­maker.

After the death of his par­ents when he was very young, he was raised by a sis­ter, Melba Flack, who be­came his le­gal guardian. They lived in a home on Lyn­d­hurst Av­enue.

He at­tended City Col­lege and served as an Air Force staff sergeant dur­ing the Korean War. He was sta­tioned in Ok­i­nawa and Alaska.

Mr. Brown­ing be­gan work­ing as meat cut­ter in 1953 for the Food Fair gro­cery chain and later for its suc­ces­sor, Pantry Pride. He rose to be­come meat de­part­ment man­ager and fi­nally store man­ager, with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for stores in Baltimore and in Howard and Anne Arun­del coun­ties.

After the gro­cery stores en­tered bank­ruptcy, Mr. Brown­ing ful­filled a life­long dream of own­ing his own busi­ness. He opened Brown­ing’s Small En­gine Re­pair & Sales on Bethany Lane in El­li­cott City, which he op­er­ated un­til clos­ing it in 1993.

A long­time El­li­cott City res­i­dent, Mr. Brown­ing also taught small-en­gine re­pair at Howard Com­mu­nity Col­lege.

He par­tic­i­pated in 4-H Clubs and served as a vol­un­teer poll judge.

Mr. Brown­ing and his wife, the for­mer Joyce In­man, whom he mar­ried in 1952, were mem­bers of Rock­land United Methodist Church in El­li­cott City. They par­tic­i­pated in mis­sion trips to Red Bird and Hen­der­son’s Set­tle­ment, both in Ken­tucky, and to Costa Rica.

Mr. Brown­ing was an out­doors­man who en­joyed boat­ing and fish­ing, and after re­tir­ing in 1997, he and his wife moved to a lake­side cot­tage on North Carolina’s Lake Gas­ton.

The cou­ple moved to Biglerville, Pa., where they were mem­bers of the Get­tys­burg Church of the Brethren, then re­lo­cated in 2014 to the New Ox­ford re­tire­ment com­mu­nity. There, Mr. Brown­ing en­joyed work­ing in the wood­shop craft­ing bas­kets and vol­un­teered to take res­i­dents who used wheel­chairs on fish­ing trips. He also worked in the com­mu­nity gar­den with his wife.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Ni­carry Meet­ing­house, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Ox­ford.

In ad­di­tion to his wife of 64 years, Mr. Brown­ing is sur­vived by four daugh­ters, Beverly Go­er­ing of Clarksville, Melba Pips of Columbia, Mary C. Ogle of Clear Springs and Theresa “Terry” David­son of Sykesville; 11 grand­chil­dren; and eight great­grand­chil­dren. A son, Wal­ter K. Brown­ing Jr., died in 1962; a daugh­ter, Melissa Brown­ing died in 1961; and another daugh­ter, Mar­garet Brown­ing, died in 2014.

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