Ronald James Brown

December 26, 1947July 25, 2013

Ronald James Brown went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Born December 26, 1947 in Warsaw, New York to Gordon and Ann Brown, he was raised in the beautiful country of Dale, Wyoming County, New York where his family ran the county store for many years. He attended Wyoming Central Schools from Elementary through High School graduating in 1966. While growing up, he was a member of Dale Baptist Church. Ron and his twin brother, Doug enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1967 serving their country from 1967-1970 including serving a one year tour together in Vietnam from 1969-1970. They were stationed in Amarillo and later Reese Air Force Base outside Lubbock from 1967-1969. While at Reese Ron, met his wife to be Phyllis Dianne Johnson. They were married on July 7, 1973 at Trinity Church in Lubbock in a double wedding ceremony with his twin brother, Doug Brown and wife, Virginia Arellano, all just celebrating 40 years of marriage. Ron worked at Sylvania Electronics in Batavia, New York for a short time before entering the Air Force. After returning to Lubbock in 1971, he worked for Tersco of West Texas and Curry Motor Freight. He began his 35 plus year career as a Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service in January, 1977 where he loved meeting people and working in the outdoors. He retired December, 1, 2012. He was a long time member of Trinity Church.

Ron may not have been born in Texas, but as the saying goes, he got here as fast as he could. Ron was 101% Texas and proud of it. And even though he loved Texas, he had very fond memories of growing up in upstate New York. In addition to being a loving husband, father and grandfather, Ron enjoyed hunting and dirt bike riding in his younger days, he also loved driving the country back roads and watching westerns. He was a Mason and belonged to Yellowhouse, Masonic Lodge #841 A.F. & A.M. Ron was one of the good guys with a great sense of humor. Ron is survived by his wife, Phyllis, his two daughters, April Brown of Lubbock, Nikole Witt and husband, Scott of Lubbock, four beautiful grandchildren, Julia Beard, Jaxon and Jadon Witt of Lubbock and Vada Keese of Mountain House, California, his beloved mother-in-law, Alice Johnson of Lubbock, his twin brother and best friend, Doug Brown and wife, Virginia of Lubbock, his sister, Joanne Wert and husband Ron of Varysburg, New York, his Brother, Kevin Brown and wife, Pat of Dale, New York, his brother Gordon (Butch) Brown of Haywood, California, his brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Don and Kay Cunningham, George (Buddy} and Ann Ross all of Lubbock, Clint and Vicki Averitte of Amarillo and Robert Harder of Anthony, Flor-ida and nephew and nieces, Katie Brown Faber and husband Brett stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Lori Brown of Perryton, Texas, Shelly Brown of Middletown, Delaware, Debbie Murray and husband Giff of Monument, Colorado, Luann Bushnell of Athens, Texas, David Harder and wife, Dawn of Tijeras, New Mexico and Barb Coleman and husband, Bruce of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Ronald Brown of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, Dennis Brown and wife, Cindy of Inverary, Ontario, Canada, Gerald and Resa Cunningham of Lubbock, Chris Cunningham of Lubbock, Barry Ross and wife, Robyn of Lubbock, Kim Boisen and Husband Kevin of Corinth, Texas and Great Nephew and Nieces, Cathy and James Cunningham, Jordan and Kenzie Cunningham, Brandon and Austin Ross, Olivia and Ross Boisen , Anna and Liam Drum, Nicolas, Robert and Hillary Murray, and Chad Harder of Tijeras, New Mexico, Sara Batangan of Plano, Texas and Emily Chesney and husband, Steven of Chesney, Texas and many wonderful friends and co-workers. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clair Brown of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, a brother Harold Brown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada a sister, Brenda Donnelly of Connecticut, a nephew Gordon Donnelly of Connecticut , and great niece, Joselyn Brown of Middletown, Delaware and just this past March by a beloved nephew, Kyle Kucauskas Averitte with whom he had a special relationship.

Visitation will be Monday at Resthaven Funeral Home from 6 to 8 pm. Services will be held Tuesday, July 30th at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Church, 7002 Canton Ave., Lubbock, Texas with a military burial immediately following the services at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, 5740 W. 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas. Pallbearers will be friends/co-workers of the United States Postal Service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Liver Foundation or your favorite charity would be appreciated



  • Visitation Monday, July 29, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 30, 2013


  • Officiating

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Julia Beard

September 6, 2013

I miss him everyday even though I may seem fine, I really miss him and love him. I can still hear his advice in my ears when I need it or just his comforting words.

August 9, 2013

Wonderful, wonderful pictures. Sure does bring back memories of our time in high school. Looks like Ron had a great life with beautiful children and grand children. He and his brother are now with God. God bless the family.

Anita (Dunn) Dolpp Green Cove Springs, Fl

August 7, 2013

A wonderful Brother that made me laugh every time while in his presence. Ronald was a twin to the late Douglas D. Brown, and their closeness and friendship to one another was such an admirable memory. I being their older brother remember the tricks often and sucessfully played on me. As they both tried to prove to me that they were younger but smarter than me Ronald was particularly whittie. As a family unit, he contributed to much presence. I remember his contribution to make my Mothers mourning easier when we lost our father. He was also a very loyal Brother and friend. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED. He has left behind his longtime wife and companion Phyllis and two wonderful daughters April-Jane and Nicole. May God comfort their deserving hearts.


August 7, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Katie Brown Faber

August 1, 2013

Being the daughter of an identical twin is kind of like getting two fathers for the price of one. My dad and my uncle shared an uncanny amount of similarities. Among the ones that mean the most to me are their sense of humor, unyielding loyalty, steadfast support, and unconditional love. Ron exemplified all these and more.
I am beyond blessed to be Ron's niece and look forward to the day that I get to see him again. I will miss him intensely.”
--Katie Brown Faber

Deanna Taylor

August 1, 2013

As a fellow classmate at Wyoming Central School, Ron was always a great guy. We always enjoyed our class reunions more when the "Brown Twins" attended. My prayers and thoughts are with the immediate family as well as with Doug. The two were always together and best friends. May God bless all of you with wonderful memories as he will never be further from you than a thought. Deanna Cooper Taylor

July 30, 2013

Ron was a great neighbor, always lending a helping hand when needed. He was the best postal carrier a neighborhood could have! He was kind, caring and complimentary. We shared many funny jokes and stories together. We will miss him dearly.
Janis and Bill Hartwell, Lubbock, TX

Skip Tannery

July 30, 2013

I first met Ron in the early 1970s, as he and I worked together at Tersco Inc of West Texas. I only occasionally saw Ron in the years following, but do remember he always had a smile for everyone and was a joy to be around. I send my sincere condolences to Phyllis, Doug, Virginia and the rest of Ron's family. I look forward to seeing Ron again when we meet in heaven!

Debbie Koonz

July 29, 2013

Ron was more than a friend and co-worker to me, more like an annoying older brother. He could always make me smile with either a compliment or a smart remark (mostly smart remarks tho!). I remember the days we would sit in the break room at work, and drink coffee for hours after we finished delivering the mail. We talked about everything and nothing. People were drawn to Ron, he was that kinda guy. I missed him when he wasn't at work and I will have a part of my heart missing with this loss. I wish I had more time with him to enjoy his friendship and yes, especially those smart remarks! I luv ya Ron.