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Arthur K. “Art” Brown, 90, Brown County

Arthur K. “Art” Brown, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday evening, July 28, 2013, at his home in Brown County.  He was one of the few remaining veterans who served on the U.S.S. Enterprise that received enemy fire during World War II. While serving as a ship fitter, second class for the United States Navy on the U.S.S. Enterprise, Art was present at the battles of New Guinea, Yap, Falau, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands and many other strikes that his ship made against the enemy. He has been recognized nationally and locally for his heroics and was present for the decommissioning ceremony in Virginia for the current U.S.S. Enterprise ship that he felt so honored to be a part of in 2012.

Art was born April 5, 1923, in Manson, Iowa, to the late James S. and Esther (Nettlemeyer) Brown. He was 1942 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School in Iowa. After returning from duty, he helped with his father’s business of moving houses in Iowa, but quickly he became bored with the work. He moved to Indiana and was hired at Martin Marietta Materials in Indianapolis, where he was the head of maintenance until his retirement in 1992. Retirement did not make Art idle, as he loved the welding trade. He had many unique handmade pieces of his welding art at his residence in Brown County. 

  Art was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville and was truly a people person. He enjoyed fishing from his dock and would often invite others to join him for a bit of fishing and storytelling. He also enjoyed old-fashioned western music and dancing. 

Art is survived by his children, Kathleen Elizabeth Barnes of Crystal River, Fla., Arthur K. Brown Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Carl B. Brown of Bloomington and Steven Wayne Adams of Brown County. He will be remembered by his good friend and companion, Patsy Clark of Brown County; sisters, Anna Mae Thomas of Indianapolis and Regina Marie Dye of Elwood; brothers, Donald Brown of Carol, Iowa, Richard Brown of Ft. Dodge, Iowa and Bob Brown of Jewel, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Art was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Rowena Lepley, whom he married in 1945 in Ft. Dodge, Iowa; his second wife, Dorothy Jean Conway, whom he married Aug. 23, 1969 in Elk Point, S.D.; four brothers, George William, James Calvin, Howard Bruce and Chester Leroy Brown.

Ron Higgins of Salvation Army Church in Nashville will conduct a funeral service Friday, Aug. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends can call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery with military rites presented by the Brown County honor guard.

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  • November 25
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 25
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 26
    Go Club meeting Wednesday at coffee/tea shop
    3 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 26
    BC Sheriff's Merit Board
    4 p.m. Sheriff's Office, Law Enforcement Center, 55 State Road 46 East
  • November 28
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 29
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 29
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 2
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 3
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 3
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 4
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • December 12
    Widowed group plans Christmas party
    noon Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • December 12
    BCSP Christmas bird count slated
    8 a.m. BCSP Nature Center, 1810 State Road 46 East
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road