Robert (Bob) Ward Brown, 74

Robert (Bob) Ward Brown, 74, died on Jan. 9, 2015, in Anderson, Calif., from complications associated with dementia. He was born on July 25, 1940, in Fennville, to Dora (Harrington) Brown and Frank E. Brown who preceded him in death. He grew up on the family farm where he eventually raised his own family.
Bob graduated from Fennville High School in 1958, and was on active duty in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1959 to 1961, earning the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. When he returned home, Bob married Nancy M. Johnson, also of Fennville.
He worked for General Electric in Holland for 29 years, primarily as a tool and die machinist. After his employment with General Electric, Bob and Nancy started Corner Laundry in Fennville and operated it together for a 15-year period, during which they also relocated their residence to Kalamazoo. They sold their business and retired in 2002 and moved to Redding, Calif., in 2012.
Bob is survived by his wife Nancy of 53 years; daughter Lisa (Donald) Martin of Kalamazoo; and sons, Matthew (Maria) Brown of Stonington, Conn.; Andrew (Andrea) Brown of Redding, Calif.; and Nathan (Kathryn) Brown of Redding, Calif. Bob is also survived by eight grandchildren, Sean (Amber) Martin, Maura Martin, Rachael Brown, Emma Brown, Robert (Makenzie) Brown, Megan Brown, Zachary Brown and Devyn Brown; and one great-grandchild Jack Martin.
A celebration of life service to honor Bob will be Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m., at Chappell Funeral Home in Fennville.
Bob was a strong, quiet and devoted man who put his family first. He will be missed. Memorial contributions can be made to Passages Caregiver Resource Center, 916 East Cypress Ave., Suite 300, Redding, CA 96002.
An online registry book is available at


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