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Mr. Everett C. Brown  5202 Keys Dr., Parchment  Passed away Friday morning, July 16, 1971. Mr. Brown was born May 18, 1904, in Winchester, Ind., the son of Ora and Mary Brown, been a resident of Parchment for 41 years, prior to that living in Kalamazoo.  He was employed by the Brown Co., KVP Division, until his retirement.  Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Hazel K.;  one sister and 3 brothers, Mrs. Mabel Frame, Richmond, Ind.,  James of Knox, Pa., Lester of Winchester, Ind., Robert of Red Bluff, Calif.;  several nices and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Pastor Allen Hellwege, of the Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 16 July 1971

Mr. Francis R. Brown  2021 March St.  Passed away Tuesday, August 3, 1971.  Mr. Brown was born Sept. 14, 1896, in Vandalia, Mich., been a Kalamazoo resident for 30 years.  Until his retirement had been employed at Western Grand Trunk Railroad Lines.  Member of First Congregational Church, life member of Kalamazoo Transportation Club;  member and past master of the Potterville Masonic Lodge.  Surviving are the wife, Hilda;  2 children, Charles and Carolyn of Okemos and Arnold and Roberta of Valparaiso, Ind.;  6 grandchildren;  one brother and 5 sisters, Roland of Charlotte,  Mrs. Ellen Brown of South Bend, Ind.,  Mrs. Ruby Fox of Marcellus,  Mrs. Donna Fuhrman of Pinckney,  Mrs. Bertha Arnold,  Mrs. Mildred Yonker, both of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Masonic services at Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at the funeral home Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 4 August 1971

Gavin Powell Brown and Gregory Joseph Brown  7142 N. 25th St.  Twin sons of Gary and Gail Taylor Brown, passed away Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 (1976).  They were born Oct. 20, 1976, in Kalamazoo.  Surviving besides the parents, are one sister, Lisa Ann Brown at home;  paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus R. Brown;  great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. Powell Jones;  one aunt, Miss Debra Brown, all of Van Wert, Ohio.  Maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Joseph Taylor, of Flint, preceded them in death.  Funeral services will be held Saturday in Van Wert, Ohio, with interment in Woodland Cemetery. Arrangements by the Wagar & Clark chapel.  The family requests your prayers.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 29 Oct 1976

Mr. Harry Brown  2216 March St.  Passed away Friday, April 21.  He was born in Bellville, Ohio and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for the past 17 years.  He was retired Chief Warrant Officer of the U. S. Navy where he served for 30 years.  He had been employed at the Beach Products Co. for the past 10 years.  He was Past President of the Fleet Reserve, a member of the Retired Offices Association of Kalamazoo Chapter, a member of the U.S.S. North Carolina Battleshhip Association, a member of the Methodist Church of Encanio, California and a member of Silvain Lodge No. 225 AS & AM of Topeka, Kansas.  He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a brother, Roy Brown of Topeka, Kansas;  one sister, Mrs. Wally Du Frain, Redwood City, California, and several nieces and nephews.  Religious services will be conducted by Rev. Russell Damstra 2 p.m. Monday, Truesdale Downtown Funeral Homes. Graveside services are under the auspices of Kalamazoo Lodge No. 22 F & AM at Riverside Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 22 Apr 1972

Mr. Hale S. Brown 7627 Bendere Road, Hickory Corners  (Formerly East D Ave., Richland)   Passed away July 29, 1972 at Borgess Hospital.  Mr. Brown was born March 19, 1921 in Richland, Michigan, son of Frank and Zoebeide Peck Brown.  Surviving are:  wife, Julia;  two sons and two daughters, Hale S., Jr. and Hal E., Kalamazoo,   Mrs. George (Mary) Ludwig, Fairfax, Va.,  Mrs. Gary (Ann) Shikoski, at home;  two grandsons;  sister,  Mrs. Gordon (Mary) Brown,  Fletcher, N.C.;  several nieces and nephews.  Mr. Brown will be at the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home where religious services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Pastor harold Wernick of the Seventh Dday Adventist Church officiating.  Interment, Prairie Home Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 29 Jul 1972

Larry E. Brown  1928 Colgrove  Passed away Tuesday morning, April 6, 1976.  Mr. Brown was born March 1, 1949 in Kalamazoo and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area.  He served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  Was employed by the National Gypsum Company.  Was a graduate of Plainwell High School, Class of 1967.  On November 24, 1971 he was married to Shirley Harger, who survives.  Also surviving are:  two daughters, Stephannie Lyne and Laurie Anne, both at home;  his father,  Mr. Richard Brown of Kalamazoo;  his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Doris Jean) Ballay of Plainwell;  grandmother, Mrs. Anna Deering of Kalamazoo;   two brothers and one sister,  Kennth R. Brown of Otsego,  Mrs. Jim (Glenna) Weston and Steve P. Ballay both of Plainwell;  several nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Rev. Bryant Dickey of Emmanuel Baptist Temple officiating.  Interment, Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 7 April 1976

Mr. James W. Brown 3400 Baseline Rd., Plainwell   Passed away Thursday at the Pipp Community Hospital.  Mr. Brown was born August 20, 1892, in Chicago, Ill. and had been a farmer in Gun Plain Twp. for 50 years.  In 1913, he married Della Doster, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons, Stephen Brown of Plainwell and Paul Brown of Quincy, Ill.;  6 grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  one brother, Willis Brown of Plainwell;  one sister, Mrs. Edna Doster of Doster;  several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Beverly Brewer and an infant son, James.  Friends may call at the Marshall-Gren Chapel, where services will be held Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Emerson Minor officiating.  Interment in Hillside Cemetery. Those who desire, may make donations to the charity of their choice. source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 11 Jun 1976

Mrs. Juanita M. Brown  88 Beckwith Dr., Galesburg  Age 53, passed away Saturday at Borgess Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past 3 weeks.  Mrs. Brown was born in Poulsen, Mont., May 26, 1922.  Surviving are her husband, Phillip of Galesburg;  2 daughters, Mrs. John (Phyllis) McKeown of Parchment and Mrs. Dale (Shurron) Hite of Kalamazoo;  4 sons, Lonnie L. of Kalamazoo, William R. of Richland, Dale R. of Lawton, Okla. and Phillip J. of Cloverdale;  11 grandchildren;  step-father, Ormie McClary;  6 sisters, Mrs. Robert  (Sada) Willey,  Mrs. Charles (Kathy) Hart, all of Onaway,  Mrs. Robert (Winona) Paddock,  Mrs. Gerald (Orma) Smith, both of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Arthur (Ramona) Slagel of Ft. Duchesne, Utah,  Mrs. Loretta Clemmerson of Midland.  Friends are being received at the Hoag-Switzer Funeral Home, Galesburg, where services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m, Rev. C. Jack Scott, of Galesburg United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends who wish may make contributions to the Heart Fund, envelopes available at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 15 Mar 1976

Mrs. Margarete K. Brown 135 S. Lauderdale Dr.  Passed away Thursday morning, June 3, 1976. Mrs. Brown was born December 14, 1905 in Vienna, Austria and had been a resident here since 1952.  Surviving are:  her husband, John W.;  one son, John W., Jr., Kalamazoo;  one granddaughter, Holly Ann;  one sister, Mrs. Charles Cooper, Benton Harbor.   Private memorial services will be held Saturday.  Interment, Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, beginning Friday noon.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 3 June 1976

Mr. Orland J. (Jim) Brown  4515 Moonlite Ave.  Passed away Monday afternoon, January 10, 1977.  Mr. Brown was born May 31, 1925, in Fennville, Mich., the son of Jack and Maybell Brown and lived in the Kalamazoo area most of his life.  He was employed with Union-Camp Co. for the past 6 months and prior to that was a Service Officer for the Amvets for 10 years.  He served with U.S. Marine Corp. in World War II in the Pacific area.  Member of the Amvets, Past member of the DAV, American Legion, VFWm and Marine Corp. League.  Surviving are his wife, Roselyn;  2 daughters and one son,  Mrs. Rodney (Terry) Robinson of Portage,  James R. and Miss Cindy, both home address;  2 grand-daughters, Michelle and Melissa;  his mother, Mrs. Maybell Campbell of Sarasota, Fla.;  one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Doris) Payne of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, with Rev. Mr. Charles R. Hulburt, of Bethlehem Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 11 Jan 1977

Mr. Ralph Brown  1408 Olmsted Road  Passed away Sunday morning, August 15, 1971.  Mr. Brown was born June 1, 1902 in Summitt City, Michigan, the son of John A. and Florene Brown and was a resident of Kalamazoo for 50 years.  He was employed for 14 years at Rheems Mfg. from where he retired;  prior to that he worked for 21 years at the Kalamazoo Stove company.  Surviving is the wife, Iva E.;  one daughter and one son, Mrs. William (Poneta) Blankenship, Kalamazoo;  Donald C. Brown, Portage;  five grandchildren;  three sisters and one brother,  Mrs. Hattie Lambkin of Brampton, Mich., Mrs. Nora Schichtel, Kingsley, Michigan,  Park Brown and Mrs. Mae Miller, both of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock from the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Elvin L. Switzer of the Bethlehem Assembly of God officiating.  Interment, Maple Grove Cemetery, Comstock.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 16 Aug 1971

Mr. Sabert A. Brown  1611 E. Alcott  Passed away Sunday, January 30, 1972 at Bronson Hospital.  Mr. Brown was born February 6, 1904, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of James Albert and Rose Ann Martin Brown and had been a resident here since 1937.  He was a retired millwright of Allied Paper Co. 1959.  Surviving are his wife, Leslie P. Truitt Brown;  3 sons, Leslie A., Grand Blanc,  Jack of Plainwell and David of Decatur;  2 daughters, Mrs. Ruby Richards of Vicksburg and Mrs. Emma Rathburn of Kalamazoo;  19 grandchildren;  7 great-granchildren;  a brother, Otto Raymond Brown of Dayton, Ohio;  4 sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Wambold,  Mrs. Rose McNeese, both of Dayton, Ohio,  Mrs. Viola Rodney of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Mrs. Eva Colvin of Cloverdale;   several nices and and nephews, 2 brothers, James Leroy and Edd Wilson Brown, preceded him in death.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.  Services will be held in the Chapel of Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery 1 p.m. Tuesday, Pastor Charles H. Anderson officiating.  Entombment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  The family requests that instead of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navy Relief Fund, Norfolk, Va. envelopes available at the funeral home.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 31 Jan 1972

Mr. Lawrence B. Brown  7302 Portage Rd., Portage, Mi  Passed away May 7 at Bronson Hospital, he was born Aug. 23, 1905 in Perry County, Ind.  The sons of John J. and Dicy (Richards) Brown.  He worked as a Lab Technician for the Upjohn Co. for over 24 years.  He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Kalamazoo where he also served as Deacon.  He was very active in the Building Community Services Committee of his church.  He also had been active in the Milwood Little League Assoc. for over 6 years.  He is survived by his wife, Florence of 49 years;  2 daughters, Mrs. Ruthann Ferguson of Kal.;  Mrs. William (Phyllis) Owel of Gun Lake, Mich.;  4 grandchildren;  1 great-granddaughter.  Also surviving are 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth clarkin and Mrs. Naomi Fields both of Battle Creek, Mich.  Several nieces and nephews.  1 son preceded hi in death, Lawrence B. Jr. in 1948.  Funeral services will be held Tues., at 2 p.m. at the Truesdale Chapels of the Pines, Westnedge at Milham, Portage with Pastors Arthur Covell and Louis Olivio officiating.  Interment will be in Prairie Home Cemetery, Richland, Mich.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Services Building Fund of the Seventh Day Adventists Church of the Milwood Little League.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 9 May 1977

Dr. William R. Brown  2400 Portage  Formerly of 2318 Oakland Dr.  Passed away Sunday, November 9, 1975 at Upjohn Community Nursing Home.  Dr. Brown was born November 7, 1886 in Leander, Texas.  He was married to Emma Wales October 6, 1915.  She preceded him in death January 20, 1968.  Dr. Brown was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a graduate of the University of Texas, graduating in 1907.  He was a teacher in his home state for 4 years.  He received his PhD from Harvard in 1917 and came to Western Michigan University as a professor in the English Department.  He was Chairman of the English Department from 1946 to 1956.  Retiring in 1956 Brown Hall was dedicatged in his name.  Surviving are 2 sons, Edwin of South Dakota and Albert R. of Odessa, Texas;  10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 West Michigan with Dr. Hoover Rupert of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery. The family suggest that contributions be made to the William R. & Emma W. Brown student loan fund at Western Michigan University.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  10 Nov 1975

Mr. Victor P. Brown 6222 West F Ave.  Passed away suddenly Tuesday morning, June 14, 1977, whhile at work.  Mr. Brown was born August 26, 1929, in Kalamazoo, son of Guy and Cora Allen Brown.  He had served in the Army in the Korean War and was employed as a driver for the Mall City Disposal Service.  He was married to Mary Phillips, who survives.  Also surviving are 2 sons, Robert of San Jose, Calif. and Teddy of Baldwin Park, Calif.;  2 daughters, Mrs. Frederick (Cora) Vallier and Mrs. Roy (Dorothy) Penny, both of Kalamazoo;  2 step-sons, Arthur Penny of Kalamazoo and George Penny of Salt lake City, Utah;  12 grandchildren;  3 brothers, Dale Brown of Kalamazoo,  Calvin Brown of San Jose, Calif. and Ernest Brown of Kalamazoo;  4 sisters, Mrs. Mable Kemp of Comstock,  Mrs. Winifred Cramer of Lawton,  Mrs. Cora Edgerly and Mrs. Alice White of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being recieved at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, where services will be held Friday at 2 o’clock, Rev. G. Rozenboom officiating.  Interment in Alamo Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Wed 15 Jun 1977


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