Richard Andrew Brown, 82, passed away June 22, 2012. He was born Dec. 18, 1929 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was the 10th of 11 children of Mack and Mary Christian Brown.
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Dick attended schools in Arkansas, California, Nevada and Kansas. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree from San Luis Obispo Junior College in California and attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and earned a purple heart and two bronze stars. He later served in an Army scout unit in Germany. While stationed in Germany he traveled extensively in Europe.
On Dec. 31, 1970 he and Barbara Frances Read were married in Fairbanks, Alaska. Their marriage was blessed with two wonderful children.
Dick was a claims representative for State Farm Insurance for 30 years, working in Oregon, Alaska and Montana.
The family moved to the Gallatin Valley in 1983 and was a part of Springhill Community for more than 27 years.
Dick was a trustee of the Springhill School Board, the Springhill Church and treasurer of the Springhill Volunteer Fire Company. He was member of the Community Mediation Center Board of Directors and served as a mediator for 15 years. He also volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Belgrade.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, of Bozeman; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Franklin-Brown and Daniel T. Franklin, III of St. Paul; and son and daughter-in-law, James M. and Eryn Organ Brown of Eugene, Ore.; as well as his sister, Mary Maxine Brown, of Rogers, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and eight brothers.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Springhill Cemetery on Springhill Community Road. A gathering and light lunch will follow at the fellowship hall of the Springhill Church, Walker and Springhill Community Roads.
Donations may be made in his name to Habitat for Humanity, 230 Arden Dr., Belgrade, MT 59714; Hospice of Southwest Montana, 1600 Ellis St., Legacy Bldg. Suite 3A, Bozeman, MT 59715 or the Community Mediation Center, 101E Mendenhall St., Suite A, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 27, 2012