Charles "Bud" H. Brown

June 3, 1935November 14, 2020

Charles “Charlie” “Bud” H. Brown, of Fort Wayne, passed away on November 14 due to complications from Covid-19. Born in Fort Wayne on June 3, 1935 to the late Charles and Jeanette Brown. Bud graduated from Central Catholic High School, where he played on the football team. He was very proud of their State Championship during his sophomore year. He was meeting his fellow team members for a monthly lunch up until one year ago. Charlie married Lois Gerhardstein at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Wayne on November 25, 1954. He proudly served in the Air National Guard from 1959-1962 where he was stationed in France during the Berlin Crisis. Bud retired in 1995 from Franklin Electric, where he was Purchasing Manager for 25+ years. He was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church since 1973. He was also a member of the American Legion. Charlie enjoyed fishing, golfing, traveling and spending time with his family and many friends. He is survived by his wife, Lois; sons, Chuck (Joy) Brown and Craig Brown; grandchildren, Kellie (Ben) Leeth, Emily and Nick Brown; great- grandson, Andrew Leeth; brother, Robert (Donna) Brown; sisters, Joan Huber, Sharon (John) Matese, and Mary (Joe) Weldy; and many nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in passing was his grandson, Charles Christopher Brown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 23, 2020 at St. Therese Catholic Church 2304 Lower Huntington Road Fort Wayne, Indiana 46819, with visitation one hour prior. Please follow our Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Facebook page for a livestream of the Mass. A private burial with military honors to follow the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese Catholic Church, University of St. Francis, or Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic.


  • St. Therese Catholic Church
  • University of Saint Frances
  • Matthew 25 Medical and Dental


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 23, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 23, 2020

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Chris Hawkins

November 24, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Lois, my CRHP sister, and the entire family. I was fortunate to have been part of a prayer group with them the past several years. Charlie’s smile was always so welcoming. He will be missed.

Sarah Helmke

November 23, 2020

All of us cousins have great memories of family gatherings with our uncles and aunts. Uncle Bud always had a smile on his face. He was married to our Aunt Lois, the youngest of five sisters, my Mom, Mary was her oldest sister. Our Dad and Uncles had their hands full with Gerhardstein Girls!!!

Peggy Post Warner

November 23, 2020

Deepest Sympathy to you Lois and family. I am sorry for your loss. You took good care of Bud, Lois! He will be missed for sure.
Love and hugs to you.
I'm joining the Mass on line.
God's peace be with each of you!

Sara Johnson

November 21, 2020

To the Brown family. So sorry for your loss. Charlie was the best boss a person could have. We worked together at Franklin Electric many years ago. Besides a boss, I considered him my friend. He will be missed by so many.

Bob Sedlmeyer

November 21, 2020

Though we had few opportunities to visit with Mr. Brown--most notably at the FWRC Annual Banquet--we always enjoyed our conversations with him. He was cordial, easy to talk to, and treated us like old friends. It was a pleasure to sit with him and his family (including his son Chuck, Bob's favorite running frenemy) during those banquets. May God grant him eternal rest, and may his family receive all consolation.

Catherine (Vachon) Weigold

November 20, 2020

I will always remember Bud's friendly smile. I have a picture of Bud, on a bicycle pretending to shoot a gun, when we played outside on my Mom and Dad's farm. Bud always went out of his way to talk to me and I'll miss him.

May you always find comfort in your memories.

Catherine Vachon Weigold

Bob Arnold

November 20, 2020

Sending our sincere condolences to Lois and family. Society lost a good man. Rest in perpetual peace, Bud.


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