Robert Lee Brown, 72 of Florence, MS, passed away Friday, October 9th at UMMC in Jackson. Born on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1947 in Detroit, MI, Robert was the third of six children to Robert DeWitt and Katherine Mary (Wheble) Brown. Growing up in Lincoln Park, Robert was a "tall and linky" young man, not quite the physique for hockey or football, but a cookie-cutter basketball player. He also enjoyed golf and bowling and did lots of both throughout his life. Robert graduated from Lincoln Park HS, a member of the Class of 1966, proceeding on to Eastern Michigan University for a couple of classes before going to work for Great Lakes Steel. In 1969, Robert enlisted in the US Army, serving in Europe during the Vietnam era. Follwoing his discharge, he returned to Michigan and went back to work. He met Wendy Adam in the mid 80s while working in irrigation for Auguamist. She was his supervisor and they developed quite a friendship. They married in 1988, making their home there in Michigan for a while. Later they would move to Texas to be closer to family, and then to Tennessee after a couple of years for the same reason. They wound up in Jackson a few years later for work, liking the area so much they decided to call it home. Robert is remembered as the quiet, private type, but at the same time, a good communicator to those closest to him. A loyal, devoted husband and father, he loved openly with an "all-in" approach. Robert was a true patriot with a jovial approach to life. His laugh and smile will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by all whose life he touched. He was preceded by his parents, Robert & Katherine Brown, and his brother Michael. Left to cherish his memories are: his loving wife of 32 years, Wendy; two sons, David Finazzo of Gregory, MI and John (Jill) Grundman of Salado, TX, with two daughters, Mandy (Jay) Raupp of Wyandotte, MI and Angela (Jeff) Sryniawoski of Inkster, MI; sisters Michelle (Edward) Lynch, Roberta Chapman and Sandra Brown, with a brother, Walter Bruggeman, all of Michigan. He leaves a legacy of twelve grandchildren, with numerous extended family and friends. His final wishes were to be cremated, which his family is honoring. A memorial service may be held at a later date. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Brown family in their time of need, and asks everyone to keep Ms. Wendy and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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