Richard Brown

RICHARD S. BROWN, 82 ROCKFORD - Richard S. Brown, 82, of Rockford died Friday, March 1, 2013, in the comfort of his home. Born May 26, 1930 in Rockford, son of Richard B. and Camilla G. Brown. Graduated from St. Thomas High School in 1948, and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Married Janet M. Gallagher on Oct. 25, 1952, in the Cathedral of St. Peter. Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. His faith was very important to him and he was a long time member of St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Retired from Sears in 1988 after a 34-year career in data processing; he also farmed the Govern family farm, which has been in the family more than 100 years. He had been a member of the Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals for 28 years. Richard enjoyed genealogy and was very dedicated to his family. He was a giving grandfather and a proud Irishman. Survivors include wife, Janet; children, Kathleen Brown, James (Lori) Brown, Patti Brown and Terry (Mary Ann) Brown; grandchildren, Trisha, Tyler, Matthew, Jamie, Brittany and Patrick; cousin, Mary Alice Humpal; numerous nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions who he loved dearly, the dogs, Seamus and Maite, and the cats, B.W. and Fluffy. Predeceased by parents; and brother, Ed Brown. Richard's family would like to extend their gratitude to Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center for the loving care given to him, as well as Dr. Woodman for his gentle care. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, March 8, at St. James Catholic Church, with the Rev. Dean Russell officiating. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road, with rosary recited at 6:30 p.m. Visitation also from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass Friday at the church. Burial at a later date in St. Mary/St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center, 4215 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108. To express condolences and share memories, please visit

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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013