Richard Elton Brown (1926 - 2018)

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Richard Elton "Dick," "REB" Brown, 92, of South Windsor, beloved husband of the late Ann (Homer) Brown, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at The Residence at South Windsor Farms, surrounded by his family.

Born on Jan. 27, 1926, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to the late Elton Shumway Brown and Josephine (Whiteside) Brown, he was raised and deeply rooted in West Virginia. There, Richard's late stepmother, Nina Holt (White) Brown, became his much loved and admired mother. Richard served during WWII with the U.S. Navy and returned to study architecture at the University of Cincinnati on the G.I. Bill. As a young father, Richard moved his family to Connecticut, joining the Aetna home office in Hartford in 1960. A resident of South Windsor for over 55 years, Richard was a member of the Wapping Community Church, whose premises still feature fruits of his renowned handyman skills. Upon retirement, Richard was free to dedicate time to his grandsons, the Hartford Habitat for Humanity, and his myriad projects and interests. An avid runner who became a passionate and observant walker later in life, Richard remained active in a recreational volleyball league into his 60s and enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. His active lifestyle, keen wit, and often-esoteric vocabulary inspired and entertained his family and friends, who looked forward to his precise and neatly handwritten correspondence.

Richard was the devoted father of Richard Yonezuka-Brown (wife Anastasia) of Bridgewater, New Jersey, and Nancy Brown Wentzell (husband John) of Westborough, Massachusetts; beloved brother of Benjamin Brown and his late wife, Margaret, of Hollis, New Hampshire, and Robert Brown and his wife, Jill, of Parrish, Florida; and adored grandfather of Peter B. Wentzell of Westborough, and Jack E. Wentzell of Oviedo, Florida. Richard was predeceased by his sister, Patricia Kortman. He also cherished his relationships with his many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends from each stage of his life.

His family will receive friends on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m., at the Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. A private burial will take place at Wapping Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1933, Hartford, CT 06144-1933 or Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT 06074.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 10 to Aug. 14, 2018
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