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223 North Bedford Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Phone: 269-965-5145
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Kathryn Brown

Kathryn Ann "Kathie" Brown

Monday, July 14th, 1947 - Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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It is with tremendous sadness that the family of Kathryn Ann “Kathie” Brown, age 73, of Battle Creek, MI, announces the passing of our dear wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at their home on Mill Lake in Johnstown Township.
She was born July 14, 1947 in Battle Creek, MI the daughter of Max Robert "George" White and Donna Jean "Queenie" (Woods) White.
Kathie was a Systems Analyst who designed the computer systems for the Clark Equipment, Battle Creek for the Engineering Dept. for 23 years and retired from Clarks in 1976. She then worked as a factory worker at the Kellogg Company for 5 years; she retired with a medical retirement in 1984.
She married Richard Gene Brown on April 22, 1966 in Battle Creek, MI; they have been married for 54 years.
Kathie is survived by her husband: Richard Gene Brown of Battle Creek, MI; two sons: Robert Lee & Shannon Lee Brown of Battle Creek, MI; Jason Allan Brown of Battle Creek, MI; and her grandson: Hunter Lee Brown of Battle Creek, MI.
She was a 1965 Lakeview High School graduate.
Kathie loved to knit and loved to socialize. She loved to fish at her family's cottage in Delton and her lake house on Mill Lake. There she taught her kids how to fish. She would tell them you need to call them first by saying-- "here fishy, fishy!! Here fishy, fishy!!" More times than not they would catch a fish!! Her grandson Hunter still does it and catches his fish, with the phrase "here fishy, fishy." She also loved flowers; the yellow colored flowers were her favorite. Kathie was an active member in the Street Rods with her husband for many years!
July 4th was the Holiday many at the lakes waited for!! The fireworks she and her husband would set off were amazing fireworks which they did for everyone’s enjoyment. A year ago they were back and forth in the water setting off over an hour's fireworks display. She was a people person who loved people. She was a member of the Grain Millers Union and both of them collected many antique glassware. She was the person that named their quaint street on Mill Lake.
Kathie was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters Carol Walch and Debbie Alles.
There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home, but family and friends are invited to the Committal Services on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 10:30 AM at Fort Custer National Cemetery with Pastor Carolyn Robinson-Fisher officiating. Cremation has been handled and she will be laid to rest at the Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI. We remind you about wearing a face mask for the service and the Cemetery only allows 40 individuals at the shelter for the committal service. If you so choose you may make a donation to the Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. Arrangements by the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, a member by invitation Selected Independent Funeral Homes. (269)965-5145 Please leave a kind remembrance on Kathie's web page here
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    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 10:30am
    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 West Dickman Road
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    It is a requirement from Fort Custer that all in attendance wear face masks and they allow only 40 individuals at the shelter for the committal.
    Rev. Carolyn Robinson - Fisher
  • Interment

    Fort Custer National Cemetery
    15501 West Dickman Road
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    Inurnment of cremains at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

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Coleen Sootsman-Eicher

Posted at 11:15pm
I am so sad to hear of Kathie's passing. I have enjoyed reconnecting over the past decade after my dad's passing. Kathie always had an uplifing presence and started a conversation with 'what's up kiddo!' I have many childhood memories at the Brown's - while my dad and Dickie would work out in the garage, Kathie would entertain the kids -- or at least try to keep us out of trouble! Sending much love out to the family - Kathie will be missed

Tim White

Posted at 09:02am
Sorry to learn of Kathie’s passing. I would often bump into her at the Gilmore Museum during a car show. I would have love to known you better Rest In Peace Cousin.
Tim White.

Wendy Dolezal

Posted at 04:20pm
I remember Kathy from my Street Rod days and her ever present smile. She was always so kind and positive. Sympathies to Dick and their 2 sons.

Sharon Gilkison

Posted at 01:28pm
Dick and family - I’m so sorry for your loss !! Kathie was special to so many !! She loved her family and made her friends feel special with all her kindness - let your memories bring you comfort 😢

James Kerner

Posted at 09:22am
So sorry to learn of Kathy's passing. Jeannie and I send our heartfelt condolences to Richard and family at this difficult time.

Pam Marsh Posted at 09:44pm

My deepest condolences to the family. Kathy and I worked together at Clark Equipment as well as Kelloggs. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed. Pam Marsh

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