Robert “Bob” J. Brown, age 86 of Morton, passed away peacefully Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Redwood Area Hospital. The family wants to thank the Redwood Area Hospital for all of their compassionate care in keeping him comfortable during his final days. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 29 at St. John Catholic Church in Morton. Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, and will continue until the time of the service at the church. Burial is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Morton. A luncheon will follow the burial back at the church and then it’s time for “Happy Hour”. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert “Bob” Joseph Brown was born October 14, 1929 in Franklin, Minnesota to Patrick and Lenore (Dvorak) Brown before moving to Morton. He was a graduate of Morton High School. After serving two years in the United States Air Force and being honorably discharged to care for his mother, Bob went to work for Central Petroleum Co. where his dad worked before he passed away. He married Joan Trochlil on February 4, 1952. Bob and Joanie then bought the Trees Night Club in 1952 and owned it until 1960. He worked for Ford Landscaping from 1960 to 1962 and then Range Landscaping from 1962 to 1967 before going to work for Jim Brazil Farms for almost 30 years. After retiring from Brazil Farms Bob worked for Renville County Parks and the Redwood Valley School. Bob was an avid golfer, master cribbage and bridge player, and a master gardener before losing his eye sight to Macular Degeneration. He missed gardening and playing bridge at the Morton Senior Center the most of all. Bob loved traveling to Utah to visit his sons and their families. He was a member of the Morton American Legion and is a former member of the Morton City Council.
Bob leaves his wife of 64 years, Joanie (Trochlil) Brown; his daughter Becky Brown; his sons: Patrick (Michelle) Brown, Jay (Debbie) Brown, Peter (Peggy) Brown, and Tony (Jackie) Brown; 9 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and so many other family and friends that you can only imagine. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Maryanne (Brown) Scudder, and his favorite dog Lady, Reed Qualey (Becky’s significant other), his parents in-law Lloyd and Marie (Svobodny) Trochlil, his sisters in-law Sally (Trochlil) Pietig, Celia (Trochlil) Malecek, and Martha (Trochlil) Goblish.