Ronald Dean Brown
Ronald Dean Brown
  • August 11, 1945 - August 30, 2017
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Ronald D. Brown, 72, passed away at home surrounded with the love of his family on August 30, 2017, after a short, courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born on August 11, 1945, in Atchison, KS to Northie and Louise (Johnson) Brown. Ron attended elementary school in Rushville, MO, and graduated from DeKalb High School in DeKalb, MO, in 1963, playing football all four years. While attending Northwest Missouri State University he continued his education and his football career. He graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with emphasis on teaching industrial arts. His first teaching job was in Kearney, MO, where he taught for two years and drove a school bus. He taught in the North Kansas City School District at Winnetonka High School from 1970 through 1998 teaching Industrial Arts. In 1971 he received his Master’s in Education from Northwest Missouri State. In 1979, Ron graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS, with an Education Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration.

He was a member of Fairview Christian Church.

He retired from teaching in 1998 where he spent many hours working in his shop building furniture, making riding toys, babysitting his grandkids, creating holiday figures, volunteering with scouting, and fixing everything else. In 2001, he built a house at the Lake of the Ozarks where he and his family have spent many enjoyable times. Ron was one who enjoyed fishing and teaching his five grandsons and one granddaughter to fish. He thought the world of his grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife of 48 years Carol (Breeding) Brown and two children, Derek (Jennifer) Brown and Denise (Jeremy) Franklin. He has six grandchildren, Tyler, Luke, and Kyle Brown and Jack, Drew, and Josie Franklin. He also has a brother, Richard (Emily) Brown of Lee’s Summit, MO. and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be held at White Chapel Mausoleum on Thursday, September 7, 2017 form 7:00-9:00. Memorials may be made in honor of Ron to the American Cancer Society.

“It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. A part of us went with you; the day God took you home. If tears could build a stairway, and heartaches make a lane, we’d walk our way to heaven, and bring you back again. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, in our hearts you hold a place no one could ever fill.”