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Robert C. Brown (Bob)

Robert (Bob) C. Brown

November 18, 1924 - April 15, 2007

Robert (Bob) C. Brown died April 15, 2007 in the loving care of Breckinbridge Adult Foster Home after a long illness. Bob was born on November 18, 1924 in Chadron, Nebraska, one of nine children, to Bill and Blanche Brown. He served as a WWII paratrooper in Europe and was decorated for his bravery, valor and permanent injuries sustained under Nazi mortar fire.

After the war, Bob attended Chadron State Teachers' College on the GI Bill. Despite shrapnel in his body, he played on the championship football teams of the 1947 and 1948 Nebraska College Conference. Bob earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees at Chadron, and spent forty years educating in Nebraska schools as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent. After college, Bob continued his love of football as an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan. Throughout his life, he enjoyed sports and played golf.

Bob was married to Barbara Fitts in 1951 until her death in 1995. He was a loving father to their sons Bill Brown (Jane), and Boyce Brown, and grandchildren Stacie Goding (Will), Greg Brown (Stacia), and Brett Brown and his mother Stacy. He is also survived by siblings Sue Cooper (Wayne), Dell Brun (Ken), Nancy Inman (Bob), and Kathy Brown, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents, brothers Bill Jr., Neil, Ed, and John, and sister Shirley Medcalf.

In 1998, Bob reunited with his college sweetheart, Joyce Barney Dickinson of Ashland, Oregon, who survives. They married, and together they enjoyed many travel adventures until his disabling illness. Bob shared Joyce's home in Ashland, and adopted her family as his own.

In service to his community, Bob was a fifty-year member of the Masons, and a longtime member of the American Legion, the BPOE (Elks), and the Nebraska Education Association. Bob Brown's life was distinguished by strength, generosity, good humor, gratitude, and humility. He died a beloved hero to those who knew him. Internment will be with his wife Barbara, in Morrill, Nebraska.

Robert C. Brown (Bob)