Richard Brown, 81


Richard “Sam” Brown, 81, of Faribault, died on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at the Homestead Hospice House of Owatonna, following a brief illness.
Richard was born on April 3, 1931, in Erin Township, Rice County, a son of Edward and Catherine (Mahoney) Brown. Rich graduated from Bethlehem Academy with the Class of 1949. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954. He worked for over 30 years in the plastering business, mostly with Olympic Wall Systems. For a short time he owned and operated Fitzpatrick's Supper Club in Shieldsville, and then returned to the plastering business. In retirement, he worked as a courtesy van driver for the Harry Brown dealership for 15 years.  Rich enjoyed playing golf, going on walks, watching all sports, and card playing.  He  was also active at St. Patrick's Church, volunteering his time with fundraising.
He is survived by two children Christy Brown and Paul (Amber) Brown, both of Faribault; four grandchildren Zsanna Strauser (and fiancé Daniel Hirsch), Carly (Ben) Bukkila, Dylan Gingras and Sam Brown; four great- grandchildren; a brother Harry (LaNaya) Brown, Faribault; two sisters Stella Brown, Palos Hills, IL, and Irene Miller, Faribault; sister-in-law Belva Brown, Faribault; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Patrick Brown; sisters Helen Kaderlik and Dorothy Touchstone; and brothers Ralph, Donald and Cyril Brown.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of St. Patrick in Shieldsville.  
Interment will be at the St. Patrick Cemetery in Shieldsville, with military honors provided by the Rice County Central Veterans Association.
Visitation was held at the Parker Kohl Funeral Home in Faribault on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Thursday for one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorials are preferred to the Patrick Brown Memorial at Bethlehem Academy, or the Faribault Area Hospice.

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