KENNETH BROWN, 81 ROCKFORD - Kenneth Brown, 81, longtime Rockford resident, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Rosewood Care Center. Born Nov. 17, 1930, in Walnut, son of Mason and Edna White Brown. Graduated from East High School in 1949. Married Betty A. Vincer on Oct. 30, 1954, in Rockford. He was a member of the Cathedral of St. Peter. He was also a member of the Lombardi and Verdi Clubs for many years. Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Employed for many years by Barcol Overhead Door Co. Kenneth loved his family and especially enjoyed telling his grandchildren great imaginative stories. The times he spent cooking out and sitting outside looking at the stars surrounded by his family were his best times. He had a special love for his dog and always enjoyed a good cigar. Survivors include wife, Betty; children, Donna (Rob) Kessler and Mark (Tsui-Ying) Brown; son-in-law, Brian Heitz; grandchildren, Chad (Stacee) Read, Khris (Hillary) Kessler, Kelly (Kelly) Noack, Ryan Kessler, Andrea Brown and Shawn Brown; great-grandchildren, Rylee Noack, Avree Read, Michael Noack, Ella Kessler, Caleb Kessler, Anden Read and Kaiden Kessler; sisters, Lorita Vermeis, Frances (Richard) Huston, Sharon Yarbro, Kathy (Donald) Roerkohl, Laraine (Gerald) Williams and Barbara Reynolds; brothers, Gerald (Janet) Brown and Glen (Patsy) Brown; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; daughter, Cerise Heitz; and brother, Owen Brown. Memorial Mass at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in the Cathedral of St. Peter, with Visitation from 1 p.m. to time of Mass; the Rev. Paul White will officiate. Memorials may be made to OSF Saint Anthony Hospice. The family was assisted by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Express condolences and share memories, www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012