Forrest Dean Brown

Monday, October 5, 2009

Jan. 9, 1920 - Oct. 1, 2009

WILSONVILLE -- Forrest Dean Brown passed away at his home near Wilsonville on Oct. 1, 2009, at the age of 89.

He was born Jan. 9, 1920, to Delbert L. and Anna Minnie (Straube) Brown. Dean attended Middle Rockton School through the eighth grade. He graduated from Hendley High School in 1937. Dean went on to Kearney State College, getting his degree in Industrial Education and Science in 1942. Upon his father's death just after graduation, Dean gave up his teaching position to return home to run the family farm. Dean was a life-time farmer and cattle feeder in Furnas County.

On May 27, 1945, Dean was united in marriage to Margaret Pearl Holtze at her family farm in rural Wilsonville. To this union three children were born, Deanna Pearl, Daryl Leroy and Gary Dean.

Dean was a member of the Phi Tau Gamma Fraternity and was the business director of the Blue and Gold, while at Kearney State College. He was a charter member of the Wilsonville Lion's Club and the Wilsonville/Hendley Fire Department, he was the secretary/treasurer for more than 40 years. Dean also taught Sunday school, was an elder and board chairman of the church.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Anna; his brother, Roland; brother-in-law, James Holtze; sister-in-law, Velma Holtze; two nephew, Tommy Brown and Rodger Holtze; and step-grandson, Kurt Propes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret; one daughter, Deanna and husband Robert Propes of McCook; two sons, Daryl and wife, Melody and Gary and wife, Karen, all of Wilsonville; eight grandchildren, Scott and wife, Kristina Propes, Anita Propes, Ben and wife, Mandy Brown, Luke and wife, Stephanie Brown, Samantha and husband, Ryon Jones, Nick and wife, Amy Brown, Alicia Brown and Brittany Brown and fiance, Adam Sevenker; step-grandchildren, Tammie Coleson and Terri Propes; and eight great-grandchildren, Riley Dean and Maya Brown, Addison, Braden and Macy Jones and Elizabeth, Austin and Grace Adams.

Funeral services were today, Oct. 5, 2009, at Baptist Christian Church in Wilsonville. Burial was in the Hendley Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Wilsonville/Hendley Fire Department.

Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.