Robert "Bob" T. Brown


February 28, 1921 - September 17, 2014



Robert “Bob” T. Brown was born February 28, 1921 in Mitchell, SD to Ted & Elizabeth (McCullough) Brown.  After graduating from Mitchell Senior High he went into the Army Air Corps, now the Air Force.  He logged in forty-three years of active and reserve time. 

Bob married Morna (Mickey) Houlihan on Friday, June 13, 1941 in Salinas, CA.  During World War II he took tours of active duty with Strategic Air Command, was a photographic officer, and an intelligence officer.  He spent six months recuperating from Rheumatic fever during his active duty.  At the end of WWII they moved to Mitchell. 

He worked for the Daily Republic for a year and started Brown’s Studio in 1947.  He was a member of the National Professional Photographers of America and the VFW.  He loved to work, golf, play cards, read, and play pool.  He was eternally devoted to his wife of 72 years.  They enjoyed their life together being involved with family and friends in both Mitchell and Mesa, AZ.

He is survived by five children:  Jim Brown, Plainview NE, Dick Brown, Grand Rapids MI, Mari Brown, Tea, Paula (Gary) Schmidt, Sioux Falls SD and Camilla Langenfeld, Parker CO; twelve grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one sister-in-law, Katherine (Eldon) Sieveley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mickey in 2013, two brothers and one sister.



Friday, September 19, 2014
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 AM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 North Kimball
Mitchell, South Dakota


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Pat Tuffs on September 20, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss, Marybeth. I remember a lot about Bob...Marybethwas my first best friend. I think I was at their house even more than my own. I remember Bob sitting in his recliner in the den, with that magnifying glass touching up negatives.with a marker. I remember his train set in the basement. That was about the "neatest" thing I had ever seen. I remember the pancakes he would make for breakfast...different shapes and sizes and animals. But most of all...I remember feeling as though I was a member of their family and that is the best memory of all. Sorry about calling you Marybeth, Mari, but you will always be Marybeth to me.
Posted by The Brown Family on September 20, 2014
Thank you all for your beautiful comments. Dad would be pleased to see so many of you remember him kindly. I've told Mom and Dad several times through the years that I have never known anyone to have so many really good people as friends. I know that I speak for the rest of my siblings and our children when I say that we couldn't have asked for better parents or grandparents. We thank all of you for the kindnesses shown to us, especially during the last several years. We'll miss them always, but they're together again. Balance is restored.
Posted by Liz Langenfeld on September 20, 2014
Bob & Mickey will always be family and I send the biggest hugs and love to all of their family and beloved friends. Bob walked this lifetime with an unbelievable Grace. I never heard a complaint come from him, nor an unkind word about anyone. He was a story and joke teller, a genuine person, one heck of a pancake maker, and a Beautiful Spirit overall. My life is forever blessed with having had him in my life; this world will not be the same without him. All my Love, Liz.
Posted by Deb and Ron Dusseau on September 19, 2014
Bob and Mickey Brown were exceptional people. Generous, loving, and fun. Their contributions to the Mitchell community and families will live on for a long time. The love of their family is evident in the kinds of children they raised. God bless you, Bob, and God bless your family.
Posted by Theresa Schneider Eixenberger on September 19, 2014
I practically grew up at the Brown's house when I was a kid! Mari was my classmate. So many great times at their house. I remember the great rice krispie wreath treats that Mickey made at Christmas. Also, how they tried to get me to eat oyster stew at one of the many Friday's I ate at their house! Probably the only oyster I ever ate!.Mr Brown took my high school graduation pictures as well as my wedding pictures! I remember my wedding album complete with all 8x10 pictures cost $300 total! He also took me dad, Mel Schneider's National Guard retirement pictures. I loved this family Our Holy Family Grade School 8th grade graduation party was also at the Brown's house! With love and sincere sympathy to the entire family!
Posted by Lori on September 19, 2014
There sre many fun memories of time spent with Bob. He was looking at my pipe cleaner dolls one day with a big smile on his face. Bob never put one of them down, a leprechaun, so it went home with him. I won't forget his smile, visits with him, or his wonderful pancakes, or his jokes. He will
be missed.
Posted by Delbert Hiemstra on September 18, 2014
Many people can look at their Graduation photos' and see MR Browns work. He could get anyone to give that perfect pose and smile. But then that was a reflection of his wonderful smile. Rest in Peace MR Brown.
Posted by Rick Agnitsch on September 18, 2014
I was saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved father, Bob. Bob did business with my father at the Skelly Service Station for years and I will always remember your Dad, and his warm smile and great personality. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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