Howard W. “Brownie” Brown passed peacefully in the presence of family on August 27, 2009. He was born in Arlington, MA on June 12, 1921.
Howard was orphaned at age 12 when his father, Charles W. Brown died of cancer. He joined the elite Marine Corps Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during WWII. Howard was a proud retiree of the Laborers Union Local 169. He met the love of his life, Mina McNeill, in Big Bar, CA. They were married for 52 years, and now they are together again. Howard helped raise her three children Mary, Mike, and Robert (deceased), and they had five more to add to their brood; DeeDee, Melanie, Patty, Brian, and Chuck. Howard and Mina were both content at the end of their lives to see all their surviving children happy in their relationships, enjoying good lives.
Both Howard and Mina were on Saint Mary’s Hospice at the end of their lives, and the family would like to express their appreciation of the wonderful team who cared for them, especially Dr. Kelle Brogan, Lynn (RN), Terri (CNA), Anella (Social Worker), Fr. Kerry, and Jim, the best volunteer ever made. Thank you for all you did for them and for our family during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Saint Mary’s Hospice, care of Saint Mary’s Foundation 520 West 6th Street Reno, NV 89503; please put “In memory of Howard Brown” in the memo line. Howard and Mina will be inurned in a private ceremony at a later date.