RICHARD K. BROWN POULSBO, Wash. - Dick Brown died January 13, 2014, at his home in Poulsbo, Washington. Richard Kortie Brown was born April 11, 1932, in Rockford, Illinois to Ruth Ritchie Brown and Dayton Kortie Brown. He attended Rockford area schools and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served two years in the U. S. Army. In 1956, he married Marilyn Morine of Hennepin, Illinois. Dick worked for Woodward Governor Company for 33 years in engineering and as Vice President for International Operations. He was manager of Woodward's facility in England in the 1970's. After retiring in 1986, he volunteered as shore support for the Chicago Yacht Club's entry in the America's Cup sailing races in Fremantle, Australia. Between 1994 and 2008, Dick built a 48-foot steel-hulled tug cruiser, which he named Iron Will. He constructed the boat singlehandedly to near completion, then moved it to Puget Sound where his family enjoys cruising on it. An excellent craftsman, Dick built fine furniture and carved full-size carousel animals and duck decoys. He was a member of Triangle Fraternity and the National Carousel Association. Dick's family, in addition to his wife, includes Bethany and her husband, Michael Martin of Fort Collins, Colorado; Mark and his wife, Fatima Ahmed of Annandale, Virginia; Steven of Masonville, Colorado; and Jay and his wife, Christine of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Beloved grandchildren are A'alia, Tatiana, Keryl, Taylor, William and Henry. Dick's sister, Donna Brown Tucker, as well as his parents and an infant sister, preceded him in death. A memorial service will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, in March. Memorial gifts may be directed to Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, Illinois 61107.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014