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Donald R. Brown

February 6, 1940 August 24, 2019
Donald R.  Brown
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Obituary for Donald R. Brown

Donald R. Brown, age 79, of Tomahawk, WI, passed away at his home peacefully surrounded by his family and under the care of Ascension Ministry Hospice. Don was born February 6, 1940, in Tomahawk to the late Robert and Minnie (Schmidt) Brown.

Don was a lifelong resident of the Tomahawk area. He went to work in the woods at the age of 17 with a team of horses and later owned and operated Donald Brown Logging. For some time, his son, Doug, worked with him as Donald Brown & Son Logging. Don retired in 2008. He served on the Little Rice Fire Department from 1975 to 1992 where he was instrumental in clearing the land and constructing the Little Rice Fire Station with his good friend, Buddy Koffke. Don enjoyed shooting pool, playing baseball, snowshoe baseball, snowmobiling, water skiing, and hunting, especially duck and deer.

Survivors include his Wife, Lois Brown, of Tomahawk; his Son, Douglas (Robin) Brown, of Tomahawk; 3 Daughters, Donda (Thomas) Pegenau, of Iron Mountain, MI, Doreen (Keith) Brown, of Rhinelander, WI, and Darlene Grant, also of Rhinelander; 3 Stepsons, Nicholas (June) Vangalis, of Wausau, WI, John (Kristine) Vangalis, of Oak Creek, WI, and Matthew (Kellie) Vangalis, of Lauder Hills, FL; 1 Stepdaughter, Victoria Vangalis-Zepp, of Tallahassee, FL; 1 Sister, Barbara Schmidt, of Arlington Heights, IL.

Don is further survived by 22 Grandchildren and 24 Great-Grandchildren;

4 Special Friends, Buddy Koffke, Tom Dittmer, David Lundberg, and Robert Grulke.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Robert and Minnie; the Mother of his children, Donna (Wales) Running; 1 Brother, Robert, Jr.; and 1 Sister, Jean Stavros.

Funeral Services for Donald Brown will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 11:00 AM from Generations Funeral Home. The family will receive friends for Visitation on Wednesday, August 28, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Visitation continues on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of Services at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Prairie Rapids Cemetery in the Town of Nokomis. In honor of Don, the family asks everyone to wear flannel shirts and blue jeans.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

28

Aug

4:00 PM 8/28/2019 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 8/28/2019 7:00:00 PM
Generations Funeral Home

1400 N. 4th St.
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Generations Funeral Home
1400 N. 4th St. Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States

Visitation

Thursday

29

Aug

10:00 AM 8/29/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 8/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Generations Funeral Home & Crematory

1400 N 4th St
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Generations Funeral Home & Crematory
1400 N 4th St Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States

Service

Thursday

29

Aug

11:00 AM 8/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
Generations Funeral Home

1400 N. 4th St.
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Generations Funeral Home
1400 N. 4th St. Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Prairie Rapids Cemetery Final Resting Place

Town of Nokomis
Tomahawk, WI 54487

Town of Nokomis Tomahawk 54487 WI
United States
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