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J. Charles Reid Brown

February 9, 1930 September 16, 2011
J. Charles Reid Brown
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J. Charles Reid Brown, �Charlie� of Kingsley, Michigan and Sarasota, Florida passed away September 16, 2011 surrounded by his loving family after battling pancreatic cancer.

Charlie graduated Kingsley High School and was a star basketball player, enjoying a lifelong friendship with his coach. As a boy, he helped with projects for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) part of FDR�s New Deal, planting pine trees or collecting milkweed pods for parachute silk around his hometown of Kingsley. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving across the country from Pasadena, California to Cape Canaveral in the early 1950�s working on missile programs. He earned a degree in education from Michigan State University and completed coursework for his MBA.

Charles worked with great pride for the Michigan Department of Transportation (State Highway Dept.) for 34 years, the last 6 as Right of Way Director. He helped secure the necessary land to build many of the roads and highways in the state. Upon retiring in 1984, he opened J. Charles Brown and Associates, facilitating the expansion of eleven airports across Michigan. Charlie loved his job, remembering every conversation and deal he made. He talked enthusiastically about his co-workers and driving with him anywhere in Michigan was a history lesson about how a particular road came to fruition.

Charlie was a consummate �putterer� and loved projects in his 2 barns and his many treasures in northern Michigan. He loved his tractors and often took every grandchild on a tour of his 10 acres outside of Traverse City. He enjoyed hunting whether up north with his father and brothers or for big game in Wyoming with friends. He loved fishing the Boardman River especially at night and many sports� especially watching the Detroit Tigers. That love of baseball carried into coaching his son in Saginaw, Michigan Little League in the late 1960�s for several winning seasons. He was a wonderful coach and boys came from all around town for a chance to play on his team. He was also a high school basketball referee for many years to the delight of his daughter�s high school crowd hearing the announcer call out that the game referee that night was none other than Charlie Brown.

Charlie was an avid golfer to say the least and even though �he stood on the wrong side of the ball� he was a member the last 16 years living on the 7th hole at Stoneybrook Golf and Country Club in Sarasota, Florida. He relished his wonderful friendships and the camaraderie of his many great, true golfing buddies. He loved golf matches between his brothers, Joe, Bob and Dick that often proved both memorable and occasionally expensive.

Charlie is survived by Mary, his wife of 56 years whom he described as his �everything.� They had a lifetime of great adventures together and shared their pleasure in garage sales, bingo, bowling, golf and family visits and trips. He was a loving father to Steven Brown of Rochester Hills, Rhonda Hendrickson (Rob) and Linda Olis (Eric) both of Troy, MI. He was blessed with 5 grandchildren: Christina Brown, Scott and James Hendrickson and Griffin and Ellen Olis.
Charlie loved life and was a great storyteller. Anyone that knew him well also knew that he had a wry and devilish sense of humor. One need not look any further than the twinkle in his eye, to know that he was putting you on. He was a very moral man and had great integrity. That probably held him in good stead on the golf course. Charlie was a great listener and had a knack for debating issues with goodwill and fairness. He did not complain when facing many tough situations in his lifetime. One could say he played life as it lied.

The family wishes to thank the University of Michigan Cancer Center, Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak-Rose Cancer Center and Angela�s Hospice for their compassionate caring assistance in difficult times.

May he find fairways and greens forever.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday 4pm until time of service at 6pm.

Memorials appreciated to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714.


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