BAXTER — Robert Stanley Brown, 86, of Baxter, previously of Brainerd, Coon Rapids and Minneapolis, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Diamond Willow Assisted Living. Visitation Friday evening from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley.
Robert was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Richfield, Minn., the son of Frank William Sr. and Maude Helen (Kreger) Brown. A member of the Brainerd High School Class of 1944, Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served during WWII. In 1949, he was united in marriage to Donna Marie Vierzba. Robert worked for more than 36 years at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and retired as the North District Construction Manager in 1983. He was active in many organizations: Lions, Toastmasters, American Legion, Telephone Pioneers and Retiree Guardian. He also was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Robert enjoyed sports — especially hunting, fishing and golf.
He will be missed by his wife, Donna; his daughters, Carolyn (Richard) Krautkremer, of Plymouth, Alison (Wayne) Scheelk, of Brooklyn Park, Cynthia (Thomas) LeDell, of Maple Grove, Laura Lee, of Apple Valley, Susan (Dean) Farmer, of Foreston, Sandra (Craig) Kienholz, of Brainerd, and Brenda (Gregg Staley) Mudge, of Grand Rapids; siblings, Dorothy Bard, of Sayville, N.Y., and Daniel Brown, of Arden Hills, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Lawrence; brother, Frank Brown Jr.; and sister, Eva Newman.