CURTIS -- Harold J. Brown, 70, of Curtis, passed away June 12, 2008, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
He was born June 23, 1937, in Frontier County, Neb., on a farm south of Curtis to Kenneth J. and Leona (Mann) Brown. He attended elementary and high school in Stockville and graduated with the class of 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1957 and served 1 ½ years in Korea where he was a radio repairman.
On June 26, 1960, he was united in marriage to his best friend and sweetheart, Nadine Hinton at the Congregational church in Stockville. This union was blessed with four children; Chip Alan, Rick Alan, Nick Alan, and Jill Anne. They lived in Curtis where he was employed by Stan Phillips Motor Company. In 1973, he and his brother, Bob opened and ran their own business, Brown Bros. Auto Service Inc. at 202 Pope Avenue until retirement.
Harold loved hunting, fishing, NASCAR racing, grilling steaks and hamburgers, attending sporting events and activities of children and grandchildren, mowing with his Snapper mower, driving the tractor and combine, Nebraska football, Chevrolets, a good back rub, and a strong cup of coffee.
His mechanical skills earned him the title of "Mr. Goodwrench" by friends and family. He had a special way with babies, dogs and grandkids. His wife and children will miss him for his calm steady nature, his unique humor and teasing and his incomparable hugs and kisses.
Harold is survived by his wife, Nadine of 47 years; his son, Chip and wife, Lory of Springdale, Ark., and their children, Joel Michael, Justin Michael, Jamie Marie and Melissa Marie; his son, Rick and wife, Elaine of McCordsville, Ind., and their children, Nathan Harold, Rachel Anne, Renee Elizabeth and Ryan Broderick; his son, Nick and wife, Amy of Curtis and children, Connor Tate, Alissa Jo, Joseph Alan, Madison Marie and future baby Brown; his daughter, Jill and husband, Adam Patel of Curtis and their children, Joshua Michael, Kyla Grace and Jonathan Mitchell.
He is also survived in death by his mother-in-law, Iola Hinton of Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg; brother, Bob and wife, Jennie of North Platte; sister, Judy and husband, Al Moore of Farnam; brother-in-law, Jerry Pike of Curtis; sister-in-law, Carrol Barnell of Lincoln; and 10 very special nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Leona, his father-in-law, Dale A. Hinton and brother-in-law, Don Hinton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Harold's memory to the Arbor Cemetery in Stockville for a cemetery directory.
Funeral services were June 16, 2008, at the United Methodist Church in Curtis, with the Rev. Kevin Burkhardt officiating.
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.blasestrauser.com.