Robert (Bob) Brown (1936 - 2013)

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Robert (Bob) Brown

Mesa, AZ

Robert Brown, 76, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away on March 6, 2013 after a 10 year struggle with Alzheimer's. Born in Des Moines, Iowa to Clarence O. and Virginia (Dossey) Brown. Bob graduated from Drake University. Bob's family owned and managed Brownie Parking Lots. Bob left the family business to work for the State of Iowa. He began by managing a state owned liquor store in Des Moines. This store became the top selling liquor store in Iowa. Bob then transferred to the Iowa Department of Employment Services, where he worked until his retirement.

Bob has been married to his wife Pat for 37 years. Together they have a blended family of three children and nine grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia Brown; daughters, Virginia L. Brown and Joanna L. Dennison; son, Ray Wilson; brother, John Brown; sisters, Sandra O'Brien and Charlene Butz; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Bob will be held Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85205. Inurnment will follow at 12 p.m. at Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park, 6747 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, Arizona 85206. A Celebration of Life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Leisure World, King Card Room at Rec. 1. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Health Care Center at Friendship Village 2525 E. Southern Ave Tempe, AZ 85282, designated to the 2E Employee Appreciation Fund or Hospice of the Southwest 450 N. Dobson Rd. Suite 108 Mesa, AZ 85201. Arrangements entrusted to Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care. Please leave a tribute to Bob on the family's website at

Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 17, 2013
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