Chuck Brown, 78, of Midland, Texas passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Midland.
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Memorial services will be held sometime during the summer of 2013 in Rensselaer.
Chuck was born May 7, 1934, in Rensselaer to Mildred and Joseph Brown. He graduated from St. Augustine Catholic School as Valedictorian in 1949 and from Rensselaer High School in 1952. While in high school Chuck was active in football, basketball and track teams. He graduated with a degree in geology and a minor in biology from Saint Joseph's College in 1956. He served in the United States Army from November 1956 to November 1958. Chuck worked as a surveyor for Geophysical Service (GSI) in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Ohio. Then he worked as a refraction explorer in Saudi Arabia from 1961 to 1965. He continued working for GSI in Columbia, Mexico, and Montana through 1970. He then transferred to Midland where he was crew chief and supervised crews in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arizona, and California. He retired in 1986 from GSI in Midland and then started his own company, CBI (Chuck Brown Inc.) Geophysical Enterprises. His business consisted of collecting data, utilizing GSI contract crews to collect the data and selling the data to oil companies, to use in their exploration programs. Chuck also started CBI Arts, to buy antiques, limited edition prints, limited edition bronzes and original oil paintings for resale.
His hobbies were rock-hounding, cutting and polishing rocks, jade carving, silver smithing and casting, hunting, fishing, and skiing. He enjoyed collecting glass paperweights, art glass, art pottery, and Indian artifacts. Chuck was a certified member of the Midland Gem and Mineral Society and also a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include a daughter, Erin E. Brown of Denver, Colo.; siblings, Donald Brown and wife JoAnn of Rensselaer, Virginia Mackey and husband Joseph of Chicago, Carol Luttrell and husband William of Columbia, Ky., Richard Brown and wife Monica of Las Vegas, Nev., and Sandra Demo of Oconomowoc, Wisc.; eight nephews; and 13 nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louella Cordes; and two nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to Home Hospice; 901 W. Missouri Ave.; Midland, Texas 79701; and Desert Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; 3203 Sage St.; Midland, Texas 79705.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle and Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland.
Online condolences can be made at www.npwelch.com.
Published in the Rensselaer Republican on May 4, 2013