Carl Winston Browning, age 91, of Mattoon IL died at 3:37 A.M., Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his home.
Carl was born on January 6, 1921, in Montrose, Illinois, the son of Elmer and Anna (Hetzer) Browning. He married Pauline Cox on July 6, 1946 in Montrose, IL. She survives along with two daughters; Carlissa (Steve) Puckett of Springfield, IL and Charlotta (Michael) Janes of Mattoon, IL and one son; Steven Browning of Montrose, IL; seven grandchildren; Heather Crawford of Chatam, IL, Adam (Breyn) Puckett of Colorado Springs, CO, Christopher Puckett of Rantoul, IL, David Browning of Montrose, IL, Rick Browning of Montrose, IL, Jeremy Janes of Charleston, IL, and Megan Janes of Mattoon, IL, nine great-grandchildren; Jordan Crawford, Kelvin Crawford Jr., Isabella Crawford, Abigail Puckett, Preston Puckett, Griffin Puckett, Aniyah Dodd, Bryce Ulmer and Aviana Janes, one great-great-grandchild; Sophia Crawford and two sisters, Marcella Hilton of Montrose IL and Ruby Harris of Montrose, IL; and "bonus" family, Dave and Barb Procter, Lauren Geving and Rachel Geving, all of Teutopolis, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, a sister and a daughter-in-law.
Carl joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1937 and then joined the U.S. Navy in October, 1939.After completing basic training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center he was assigned to the USS McKinzie, later assigned to the USS Dobbin and then transferred to the USS Phelps where he was serving as a gunners mate when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. While on the USS Phelps, he participated in the aide to the carrier Lexington New Port Moresby, New Guinea, the Battle of the Coral Sea, Battle of Midway, Guadalcanal, Makin Atoll, Marshall Island campaign, Palau Islands, Kiska, Atu and the bombardment of Saipan. He later served on the USS Henry W. Tucker. Carl was wounded during the Pacific conflict and received two silver and two bronze stars for his service in the Asiatic-Pacific campaign, one bronze star for the American Defense campaign and a Good Conduct medal.
After serving in the Navy, Carl spent most of his work life as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenters Local 347 for 50 years.
Carl was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mattoon, IL and a Scout Master for Troop 45 for 10 years with four of his scouts earning the rank of Eagle Scout and the Altare Dei Award.
Carl was a lifetime member of Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (past State Chairman and Chapter President), VFW Post 4325, DAV, and Knights of Columbus of Teutopolis, IL. He was also a member of AMVETS, American Legion Post 924, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Moose International, Modern Woodman of America, Odd Fellow-Rebekah Lodge #387, and Seeing Our Way vision support group.
Funeral services celebrating his life will begin at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 320 North 21st St, Mattoon IL with Reverend Dennis Kollross officiating. Burial will be in Montrose Village Cemetery, Montrose IL. Military Rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 4325 of Mattoon, IL at the graveside. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, 1200 Wabash Ave., Mattoon, IL 61938.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Springfield Arc, Inc. (Sparc), 232 Bruns Lane Springfield, IL 62702, Illinois or to: Camp New Hope, 1364 County Road 100 E Neoga, IL 62447.