OBITUARY

Joseph P Brown

July 29, 1954November 20, 2021
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Joe was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He went to Cathedral and St Thomas More grade schools and then graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1972. He trained and boxed in 1975 Midwest Golden Gloves.

Around 1980 Joe became part owner in the Little Nipper Bar; he managed and operated it for approximately 10 years.

Over the years, he brought and updated several rental properties.

Joe and Kay were married in 1984 and moved to Ralston, Nebraska where they lived for 10 years. In 1994, they built and moved into to a home in Papillion where they resided until 2014.

Upon retirement from Union Pacific Railroad (where he worked as a conductor and served several years as Secretary/Treasurer of UTU), they made their vacation home at Lake Waconda near Union, Nebraska their permanent residence. Joe loved the lake and surrounding area where he could enjoy the water and wildlife. They bought 40 acres of land to raise aronia berries and plant fruit trees. He enjoyed riding his tractor and splitting wood.

Before his health began to decline, Joe was briefly and proudly on the Union, Nebraska Volunteer Fire Department.

Joe loved his family and said that “kids and dogs are always welcome as long as they are well behaved.”

He especially loved traveling:

* achieving a goal of platinum status on Carnival Cruise lines, visiting most islands in the Caribbean multiple times, Hawaii and Bermuda and the Panama Canal and flying to Greece to do a Mediterranean cruise and subsequent trans-Atlantic trip.

* river cruising in Europe from Budapest, Hungary through Austria and Germany to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

* visiting Ireland, Scotland and England with dear friends.

* annually traveling to Bucerias, Mexico, shared with old friends while making new friends there.

He loved to share his insight into places to travel, buying jewelry and striking a bargain with car dealers.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.KahlerDolceMortuary.com for the Brown family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 26, 2021

  • Private Family Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 27, 2021

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Jim Roberts

November 24, 2021

Joe and I were more than coworkers on the Union Pacific RR, we loved each other like brothers. The time we spent together was quality male bonding time to the MAX, did every possible project known to the average homeowner, if he didn’t know how to do something I did and visa versa. Most of all we enjoyed each other’s company, didn’t matter if we were bonding at Menard’s, Bomgars, Tractor Supply, getting ideas or supplies, or if it was sharing a meal at a restaurant or bar within a 75 mile radius of WaConDa, or going around the lake on a golf cart, we shared our trials of being a husband, father, & then GRANDFATHERS, Joe cherished all three of those titles. Joe taught me how to buy a new car, how to deal the price, and most of all that you can’t hurt a car salesman’s feelers. Joe taught me how to sell a house without using a real estate agent. Joe wasn’t afraid to try or attempt to solve any problem. Joe knew so much about life, how to always do his very best, when he would finish something he wasn’t hesitant to “put his name on it”, no matter what because he always put his very best into everything he did. Joe was loyal and true, to his family first, then friends, he had no fear of failure because he succeeded at everything he did. I got fired/suspended from the RR for a year, my life was upside down, depression had a hold of me and Joe did something that I’ll never forget. He sent me a card that was funny and he wrote “you can get through this, take Mary out to dinner” JP. In the card was a $100 bill. That gesture, that outpouring of love from Joe is forever in my heart, Mary’s too. That’s how unselfish Joe was, he poured out that same love to many, I’ve tried to pay it forward but will never come close. I was extremely saddened to hear that my friend passed but I know Joe was a follower of Jesus so now even though all are sad and grieving, I want to celebrate his life and the memories we had. We will see him again with the Father and it will be for eternity.

Kathi Krzycki

November 22, 2021

Joe had the biggest and kindness heart. Ken, Keith and Joe always found themselves in interesting situations back in their younger years!!!
So sad to have to say "goodbye" to such a young friend. Joe will me missed.

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