Robert Lewis Brown, 71, of Crystal River, Fla., went home to be with the Lord, July 17, 2013, surrounded by the love of his family and friends in the comfort of his home with the awesome assistance of Hospice of Citrus County.
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A native of Stewart, Ohio, he was born on April 1, 1942. His parents were Walter and Maxine Brown and he is one of four children. Robert (Bob) graduated from Belpre High School, Belpre, Ohio, and continued his education at Ohio State University, Colgate University and Pace University. He raised produce and managed a summer vegetable/fruit market for his college tuition.
Bob started his technology career at Dupont in Washington, W.Va., in 1964, spring boarding him into a customer engineer starting position with IBM in 1966. Bob thrived in his career at IBM for 26 years, retiring in July 1992. He enjoyed many awards and promotions for his excellence in leadership and his cutting edge approach to problem solving, including the prestigious "IBM Means Service" award.
After retiring from IBM, Bob purchased a local business in Crystal River, Fla., Citrus Paint and Wallcovering from his sister. Using his skills and expertise from IBM, he led the business to become the No. 1 Porter Paint dealer in sales for the state of Florida for 10 consecutive years. During this period of time, Bob volunteered his time to the Crystal River's Redevelopment Agency, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He sold the business in 2004 to his son so he could enjoy his retirement: traveling with his wife, being a grandpa and building and remodeling homes for his family in his spare time. He loved serving at Gulf to Lake Church as a leader in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Deloris (Underwood) Brown, recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary; his sister Janet (Brown) Ledsome, Madison, Fla.; his brother David Brown (Suzanne), Tempe, Ariz., and Michael Brown (Pam), Brandon, Fla.; his son, Richard Brown (Sally) and children, Joshua, Jacob and Zachary of Crystal River; daughter, Patty Miravich (John) and grandchildren, Hannah, Faith, Simeon and Casimir of Reading; and many beloved nieces, nephews and God's blessing of a multitude of friends.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Gulf to Lake Church, c/o Celebrate Recovery, 1454 N. Gulf Ave., Crystal River, FL 34429.
Bob's Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Gulf to Lake Church, ministered by Pastor Lloyd Bertine and Pastor Leary Willis. Arrangements have been entrusted to Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Fla.
"Now take back the soul of Robert Brown, whom You have shared with us. He brought us joy ... we loved him well."
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on July 18, 2013
Strickland Funeral Home
1901 South Highway 19 Crystal River, FL 34429