Richard M. “Dick” Brown, 85, Hudson, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.
A funeral service was Sunday, May 23, at the O’Connell Funeral Home in Hudson.
Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the International Mesothelioma program.
Richard Brown was born on Oct. 18, 1935, to Dr. Charles and Esther (Martin) Brown in Luverne.
In 1959, Dick graduated with degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Minnesota where he was an active member of the ROTC. He served in the U.S. Army, both active and reserve, until 1975, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
In 1961 he began his business career at Control Data Corp, accepting a 3 1/2-year assignment in Iran.
He enjoyed traveling all over the world, and his adventures culminated with a trip to Antarctica to complete the dream of visiting all the continents. He enjoyed Orchestra Hall, skiing in the Rockies and bicycling all over the Twin Cities.
His volunteer activities included administration tasks at Hudson Hospital, the Hudson Lions Club and serving as an officer of the ULLR Ski, Bike and Social Club.
Dick is survived by his wife of 22 years, Dianne Evert; his children Marty Brown, Marcia (Greg) Leadholm, Monica (Joe) Norton and Paul (Nanci) Brown; their mother, Jan Brown; his brother Steve (Jane) Brown; his bonus children, Donna (Nick) Luciano, Denise (Mike) Bartz and David (Tati) Evert; and his grandchildren, Rachel, Megan and Jack Leadholm, Jennifer and Kyle Brown, Marcos and Marina Llanas, Julia and Nate Luciano, Diego and Dante Evert; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Elmer Kuehl; a daughter, Susan; and his brother, Charles.
Arrangements were provided by O’Connell Funeral Home of Hudson, Wisconsin, www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.