Brown, Robert M. (April 21, 1922 - July 2, 2001)

Robert M. Brown

Douglas Budget - August 22, 2001

Private family services will be held at a later date for Greeley, Colo., resident Robert M. Brown, 79, who died July 2 after an extended struggle with lung disease.

Cremation has taken place.

He was born April 21, 1922, to Frank and Rebecca Brown of rural Douglas. He attended schools in Converse County and moved with his family to Lander in 1937.

In 1939, he graduated from Lander High School. He enlisted in the Wyoming National Guard in 1940 and was inducted into federal service with the 115th Cavalry in February 1941 as a radio operator. He was assigned to Fort Lewis, Wash. He served as a communication technician with the 40th Cavalry Recon Troop in Hawaii from September 1942 to January 1943.

He was discharged in April 1943 to accept appointment as a cavalry officer at Fort Riley, Kan. He served with the 107th Armored Cavalry Regiment as a tank commander with assignments at training sites in the United States and during the invasion of Europe. He was separated from active military service in December 1945.

On June 25, 1943, he married Roberta Cosby in Junction City, Kans.

He was a retired civilian administrator with the Wyoming National Guard, with assignments in Douglas, Casper and Cheyenne from 1946 to December 1975. After retirement, he and his wife lived in Oregon for several years before returning to northern Colorado in 1980.

He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge and member of the Consistory in Cheyenne. He enjoyed bowling, was a rockhound and did lapidary work for several years.

Survivors include his wife; daughter Marilyn Bruner of Denver; a grandson; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; sister Vivian Strand of Casper; and several nieces and nephews.

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