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Russell Brown Obituary

Russell W. Brown II Russell W. Brown II, 87, of Charlottesville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday June 13, 2013. Born on April 2, 1926, in Hastings, Nebraska, he was the son of the late Russell W. Brown and Cecelia Vermeer Brown. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith; and sister, Celia. On December 22, 1946, he married Beverly Bashor at First Baptist Church, Denver, Colorado. Russ graduated from East High School in Denver, Colorado, the University of Kansas, with a CS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from the University of New Mexico. Russ joined the Navy immediately from High School in 1944. When the V-5 program was cancelled he was immediately sent to NW MO. State Teachers College in Maryville, Missouri, with the V-12 program for two years, from there to the University of Kansas where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering. Russ was discharged from the Navy after two years and re-enlisted for six years and later discharged at the rank of Ensign. While at KU, Russ joined Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. During his senior year, Russ was elected president for the Fall and Spring semesters. One of his projects, having already earned his Eagle Scout Award, consisted of assisting other troops in their endeavor to become successful. Russ graduated from KU in 1948, and promptly went to work for the Bureau of Reclamation in Grand Lake, Colorado, as an Engineer responsible for driving tunnels to bring water from the West to the East side of the Divide for irrigation purposes which included Loveland, Fort Collins and water storage at Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake. Some of his major projects were work on the Granby Dam and the Water Diversion structure in Loveland Canyon which survived the horrendous flood in the 1970's. After living in Loveland, Colorado, for three years, the family, consisting of a daughter and two sons, moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Russ was employed with the Corps of Engineers at White Sands Proving Ground. While there another daughter was born and after four years with WSPG Russ was transferred to Holloman AFB as civilian for Air Force in the Missile Development Center for 10 years followed by eight years at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Russ retired from Government employment and was immediately hired in the management office of Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, serving in the Office of Nuclear Waste Isolation. Retirement followed eight years at Battelle. It was then that Russ and his wife, Beverly, returned to her native Colorado for 12 glorious years. In 2001, it became time to move closer to one of the children. After visiting the beautiful state of Virginia a move transpired enabling them to be near daughter, Linda and family. Russ and his wife were members of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colorado. He became an ordained Elder while in Colorado. He and his wife found a new church home at First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, and for 10 years were pastored by Dr. Joel Jenkins. At present attendance is First Presbyterian Church with Dr. David Forney, devoted Pastor. Russ loved the Lord as was evident in his faithfulness. Russ admired God's Creation and enjoyed hunting and fishing, and more especially, family gatherings. He was a loving husband and father. During his career he studied and taught investments. He served as a Director of the Denver Region Investment clubs, President of Rollin Wagon Investment Club, Director of Denver Region National Association of Investment Clubs, was Director of the Metropolitan Chapter of Professional Engineers of CO, Member of Professional Engineer throughout his career including the American Society of Professional Engineers. NAIC formulated several trips to Europe as well as those specified by Russ and his wife which included Hawaii, Canada, Alaska, and Germany once again with the Marching Band from NM in 1972 with daughter Linda as flutist, along with other students prior to the Olympics in Munich. The last memorable trip was a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate 60 years of marriage in 2006. Russ was a 32nd Degree Mason. Russ was also a strong advocate for teaching classes in gun safety to young people. He enjoyed stamp collecting and belonged to numerous stamp collecting clubs. In addition to collecting, he joined the National Watch and Clock Collectors in NM and following retirement, studied clock repair in Denver, in order to maintain his collection. He is survived by his wife, Beverly of 66 years (also a high school sweetheart); a son, James Sterling Brown and wife, Sheila, of Artesia New Mexico; a son, Dr. Lawrence R. Brown of Thornton, Colorado; a daughter, Linda Kathleen Barnes of Ruckersville and husband, Ken; a brother-in-law, William H. Bashor; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; beloved nieces and nephews; and many special friends everywhere we have lived! These include faithful friends in the many churches we had the privilege to attend during our travels. The family extends their gratitude to Drs. Bentley Calhoun and Joshua Fischer, Hospice of the Piedmont, Polly Hawks and Theresa Martin team, and the staff at Rosewood Village Assisted Living, A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. David Forney and the Reverend Dave Johnson officiating. A family burial service will take place at Holly Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Russ's name may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, the American cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer's Association and the American Diabetes Association. Hill and Wood Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may sign the register book at


This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
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