OBITUARY

Richard J. Brown

March 19, 1938October 30, 2019

Richard Brown was born on March 19, 1938 to Charles and Ina Brown in Newbury, Michigan. Richard had 3 brothers, Charles, Benjamin and Donald to enjoy not only his childhood life with, but some of their adult life, also. His brother Don has gone to be with the Lord where he and Richard will meet up once again. Richard entered the US Navy as a radioman in February, 1957 and spent time as Chief and Chief Petty Officer on five ships, the USS Lenawee, the USS long Beach, the USS Leonard F. Mason, the USS Osborne and the USS San Bernardino during the Viet Nam conflict. After an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1975, Richard became a long haul trucker with his brothers, hauling anything and everything from coast to coast. He enjoyed it so much, he stayed with it for 25 years, not retiring until after 70 years of age. Richard and Carol married in August, 2011 in Jenison, Michigan. They decided to move to Florida, a much warmer climate. Richard is the father of 3 children, Richard, Jr., Rhonda and Raymond and grandfather to one granddaughter, Cassandra. All of this is important but most important is that Richard decided to make the commitment to serve Jesus Christ and make the outward commitment by being baptized in 2012. Richard was a quiet man who loved Jesus. He showed it in his life by being prayerful, respectful to God and others. He never slandered or talked negatively about anyone and he always showed kindness, no matter who he was talking to. Never a foul word came out of his mouth which speaks volumes of his integrity! Richard was loved by many because he was easy to love. His smile lit up his face when he saw someone he knew. He was easy to talk with. He loved playing cards and dice games. (Especially when he won!) Richard and Carol made many memories together, whether they went on cruises to the Caribbean, riding their bikes with family or just walking through the woods or on the boardwalks in Florida. Once living in Florida, Richard loved to play golf. And although he sang low, he loved to sing worship songs and praises! His favorite were the old country hymns and “In the Garden” was a favorite to sing along with. Singing along with them on car trips was a treat because he would belt them out! If Richard were talking to you right now, he would tell you to just love one another, not to be angry at each other and to forgive one another. These are the words Richard lived by.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Reception Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Memories

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Randy&Madge Ali

November 1, 2019

Hello Carol,
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
My wife and I had the joy and previledge of knowing and having fellowship with you guys at KWCC.
Rich was a blessing and inspiration with his graceful posture and calm demeanor.
He will be missed!!
Our prayer is for Christ’s peace and presence be with you and the family during this difficult time.

Jackie Rudolph

November 1, 2019

I have met Richard at church a year ago and found him a very sweet and kind person. When it came to his declining stages in life I was honored that his wife Carol had asked if I would be his caregiver.Richard loved to play games and go for walks and was always polite in all he did or said with a smile on his face.He had a good wife who loved him deeply and gave him the best care she knew how .Richard will be missed by many but only for while knowing he will be waiting for us in Heaven with our Lord.

Tom Entrican

October 31, 2019

I only knew Rich a few years, but I've never met a kinder more gentler soul. I have missed him so much since him and Carol moved to Florida, but my heart and prayers are with the family. I know we will meet again soon when He calls us all home.

Paul & Joyce Mehaffie

October 31, 2019

Carol, We are so sorry for your loss and we want to thank you for loving Richard and taking care of him . We have always had a special place in our hearts for him. He was like a brother to us. R.I.P. "Ponch"

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY