Brown, Frederick Vernon (July 31, 1917 - July 19, 1999)

Frederick Vernon Brown

Douglas Budget - July 21, 1999

Memorial services for Frederick Vernon Brown, 81, will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rodney Saunders officiating.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion, Samuel Mares Post #8, are in charge of the military service. His body has been donated to the University of Colorado School of Medicine for the study and research of lyposarcoma retroperitoneum.

Mr. Brown, a Douglas resident, died Monday at his home following a long illness.

He was born July 31, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Timothy Needham and Mary Eunice (Crutcher)Brown. He lived his early childhood days on the family farm in Crittenden, Kent. He graduated from Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth, Fla. He received his bachelor of science degree in biology at the University of Florida and a master's degree at New Mexico Highland University in Los Veys, N.M. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He played in the Air Corp Band stateside and was bugler in Okinawa.

After the war, he taught sciences at Farmington (N.M.) High, Meeker (Colo.)High and Pompino Bend (Fla.)High. He served as assistant professor sciences at Miami Dade Junior College until he retired to Elk, Wash., in 1979.

He moved to Douglas in 1994 to be near his daughter.

His passion for music resulted in his playing in Douglas municipal bands and symphony orchestras. He played trumpet for the Spokane,(Wash.)Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Symphony orchestras. He belonged to the musicians union, was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #3067 in Deer Park, Wash., VFW in Douglas, and American Legion Samuel Mares Post #8 in Douglas. He served as a bugler for both organizations. He was also a member of Moose Lodge #602 of Douglas.

e married Roberta "Bobbie" Hitchens on Aug. 17, 1944, in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., at the Wee Kirk Heather Church. To this union four children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Dean Hudson Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie, of Douglas; daughters Freddie and husband Frank Lee of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary and husband Eddie White of Douglas; sons Dean and wife Jena Brown of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael and wife Liz Brown of Boulder, Colo.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials to Memorial Hospital of Converse County Hospice Program, 111 South Fifth Street, Douglas, 82633, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.


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