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Marshall-Gren Chapel
Wednesday October 28th, 2020
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Robert D. Brown

Robert “Bob” D. Brown Sr., age 75, passed away on October 25, 2020 and will rest eternally with his parents in Negaunee, MI in the Upper Peninsula. Bob was born on March 14, 1945 to George & Marion (Roberts) Brown. Visit with his family and friends on Wednesday, October 28 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the McCowen & Secord Funeral Home Marshall-Gren Chapel; 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell. Bob’s Family includes his children: Sandra (Timothy) Bodner; Tamara (Bill) Artis, Robert “Rob” (Jennifer) Brown Jr.; his grandchildren: Hailee, Alexandra, Noah, Dylan, Lucas, Brad and Brooke; his brother Dennis (Pat) Brown as well as his nieces and nephews: Kim, Nicki, Shawn and Thomas. Bob was proceeded in death by his parents. Bob graduated from Ewen-Trout Creek High School in the Upper Peninsula in 1963. He attended Northern Michigan University where he played basketball and earned his degree in Education. He received his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He taught for 25+ years with the last 16 being at Gobles High School where he coached varsity basketball. He was inducted into the Gobles Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. At that time, he held the record for the most wins as a Varsity Coach in Gobles History. After retirement, Bob continued to remain active in sports as a starting official at the local high school track and cross country meets. He was also known to play a mean game of Cribbage and was a lifelong UofM fan. While visiting Bob’s webpage at www.mccowensecord.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. Memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association. Due to COVID-19 concerns, it is recommended that people that attend please wearing mask and observe social distancing, as well as any of the current CDC guidelines imposed on the day of the event.

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A candle was lit in memory of Robert Brown

Angela Burnham Nov 12 2020 2:28 PM

So sorry to hear of this. It was a pleasure working with you a few years ago thank you for the great times!

Angela Burnham Nov 12 2020 2:28 PM

I use to work for Bob's parents who lived above their funeral business.. Bob would ring the door bell and jump out to scare the pants off me

Roger Fleming Nov 1 2020 11:22 AM

Condolences to Bob's family and friends. I worked with Bob at Gobles for many years. Work was never dull with him around! May your memories give you strength and comfort. Carrie LaPorte- Butler

Carrie Butler Oct 31 2020 10:13 PM

Lona, I coudn't agree more.. My condolences to the family. from Dennis Passmore, class of 63

Dennis M Passmore Oct 29 2020 3:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Brown

Lona jacobson Oct 29 2020 1:36 PM

Mr Brown, Thank you for being one teacher at Gobles that wasnt pushy. Gave extra help when needed without any worries. I always enjoyed your classes and all the laughter all of us students shared. I remember you taking extra time to help me with my college papers and the demand needed to get them in on time. You pushed me to continue playing sports in college but to stay focused on my education. Those are the kind things I will remember you for, making students laugh and teaching us what kindness does. It is a happy thought knowing that where ever your next journey takes you, your spreading laughter and kindness. Amen. Joann Buiwitt class of 83

Jo Buiwitt Oct 28 2020 6:03 PM

My prayers and love go out to you; Sandra, Tammy, Rob and all of your family. I will keep you in my thoughts. Love "Aunt Tena"

Tena Anderson Oct 28 2020 2:16 PM

I think of Coach Brown often. You were such a positive impact on me growing up. Rest well Coach.

Todd Pillars Oct 28 2020 1:23 PM

Uncle Bob, You are missed by many but we all know you are making grandma laugh in heaven. Your sense of humor was contagious. Rest In Peace.

nicole connolly Oct 28 2020 12:33 PM

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