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In Memory of Richard Brown

Richard Gilbert Brown, formerly of Hiawatha, Iowa, died November 3, 2020 at Christian Community Home in Hudson, WI.  He had been diagnosed in August with Glioblastoma Stage IV brain cancer.

Richard was born to Gilbert and Ruth (Fossum) Brown, on December 13, 1946, in Aitkin, MN, the eldest of three.  Richard graduated from Pine City High School in 1964. He continued his education at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN receiving an Associate’s Degree in Electronics. For 52 years, Richard worked as an electronics technician for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, IA, retiring in 2019. He was a collector of music CDs and movies, and recognized the value of good tools, computers, and all things electronic. Richard enjoyed traveling, having been to Thailand and Costa Rica, fishing on Lake Superior, and even taking his mother and her two sisters on a cross country trip to Seattle, WA.

Richard will remain in the hearts of his family: sister, Diane (Dennis) Fernholz of Hudson, WI; nephew, Scott (Kari) Fernholz of Stoughton, WI; nieces, Stephanie (John Murphy) Beckham of Seattle, WA and Cindy (Jesse) Timmerman of Hudson, WI; great nieces and nephews, Max, Luke, Ty, Peyton, Garret, and Addison. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Roger Brown.

Private family services will be Thursday, November 5th at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Fr. John Gerritts officiating. Burial will be in Aitkin County, MN at Saron Cemetery, on Friday November 6, 2020.

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    • So sorry to see this. Richard was a high school classmate. I remember him as a nice, quiet, gentle soul. We also were confirmed together. I also lived in Cedar Rapids IA for four years in the early 1980s, where Richard worked for 52 years, but I was not aware at the time that he lived in the area too. I did see him at a couple class reunions, and he was the same, pleasant guy that I remembered from high school. May he rest in peace.