Robert Brown


Bob Brown 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 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.


  1. georgette serbus says

    Joanie and family, so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you and all the family

  2. Dawn and Dean Maertens says

    So sorry for your loss our prayers and thoughts are with you

  3. Linda (Gaasch)U'Ren says

    I am hoping my parents & Bob are having a good visit! With heartfelt sympathy in the loss of someone who shares so much history with our family! Another piece is lost . My heart is sad to lose my best fan ever! Thinking of you all & wishing you memories to keep close.

  4. Laura Qualey says

    Sending all of you my sympathy and love as you gather to celebrate Bob.

  5. Peter –
    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts!

    Your MMA Team (Amy, Kari and Melissa)

  6. Scott & Brenda Becker says

    Joanie and family,
    Our thoughts are prayers are with you at this difficult time!

  7. Harriett Cornwell says

    Joanie and family, Gary and I are so sorry for your loss. God be with you at this time.

  8. Jim & Karen (Schoenberg) Sandgren says

    So sorry to hear Bob has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire Brown family during this difficult time. May many wonderful memories help comfort all of you in your time of sorrow.

  9. B J Justice-Kamp says

    Hi Joanie, I was so sorry to read of your husband’s passing. I want you to know you are in my heart and prayers. It must be hard for you and the family. It always is. May he rest in eternal peace. Fondly, BJ

  10. Jill Helgeson says

    Joanie and Family

    Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God bless

  11. Terry Marguth says

    I am very sorry to near of the loss of Bob. My memory of him was the time my father brought home a cowboy holster and gun when I was a child. I will never forget him….. you are all in my prayers.

  12. Julie and Pat (Dehncke)Wendinger says

    Joanie and family I’m so sorry for your lose. Prayers and thoughts to you. May God’s comforting arm be around you.
    God bless

  13. Cari Panitzke says

    So sorry for your loss Brown family. You’re all such good people. May his memories bring you gladness during this time of sadness. Love from Cari Roller Panitzke and family

  14. Jill & Greg Deinken says

    We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you all!

  15. Jane and Tex Murry says

    Becky and mom and whole family, we are sorry for your loss and thoughts and prayers are with you. May this time be filled with great memories which I am sure you all have.

  16. Colleen and Mark Summey says

    Jay and Debbie and family,
    I am so sorry to hear your dad has passed. I know it brings great sorrow but time will make it better and sorrow will be replaced with fond memories. Praying for all of you during this difficult time.

  17. Gilbert Schmitz says

    Joan & family,
    Just a short note to extend my sympathies on the passing of your husband and father. I have known Bob since I moved to Redwood Falls. An invitation to Browns for coffee was always a welcome event. Playing bridge with Bob and the senior group in Redwood and Morton was a highlight with Bob teaching me many tricks.
    May God Bless and take care of Bob,
    Gil Schmitz

  18. Chris and Steve Werner says

    Becky and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Jim and Jenny Scoates says

    Joanie and Family, Sorry to hear of your loss know that you are in our prayers.

  20. Greg Hennen says

    Joan & Family

    We are so sorry to hear the news about Bob.. Our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We will be thinking of you and the rest of the family. My Dad will miss him, always stopping by to chat and playing cards. I know Bob and my Grandpa (Elmer) are catching up and getting down to a serious game of cards.

    Greg & Mary Jo Hennen
    Whitefish, Montana

  21. Hollie Brown says

    Joanie and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing- Bob was/is one of my favorite people. We had many fun times during his visits to Utah and during trips to Morton. Bob and I shared a love of beets and gardening. Several years ago, I came home from work to find a box of beets Bob had shipped to my house in Salt Lake. I was so touched that he thought to do that for me- it was really sweet. He was a great guy and will always have a special place in my heart. I’ll celebrate with my own Bob Brown happy hour!

    XO Hollie Brown

  22. Mary M. Sullivan says

    Joanie and Family
    When I married James Kanne and moved to the home owed by Brazils near Franklin, Bob was regularly seen doing field work around the place – spring, summer and fall – for many years. I’m sure he will be missed by the entire family. May God bless you and comfort you in your loss.
    Mary M. Sullivan

  23. Cathy Roller says

    Many hugs Joanie to you and the family.

  24. Patricia (Smith) Bennett says

    Joanie and family, so sorry for your loss .

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