Robert Lee Brown


June 17, 1938 - December 19, 2011


Robert Lee Brown was born June 17, 1938, in Hanson County, to Louis and Ada (Huffman) Brown. He graduated from 8th grade at Pleasant 3 Township School. He served in the South Dakota National Guard from 1961 until 1967. On April 20, 1968, he married Shirley Roeder at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. He farmed in Hanson County and was also employed at the South Dakota Department of Transportation and Collin’s Construction. He served as the Hanson County Sheriff from 1975 until his retirement in 2003. His passion was his hobby farm, raising livestock, regularly attending farm sales, auctions and driving through the countryside.

Bob is survived by his wife Shirley, four children: Scott Brown and wife Jean of Alexandria; Lori Cihak and husband Allen of Avon; Paula Brown of Rapid City: Mary Alexander and husband Dan of Mitchell; ten grandchildren: Ryan, Catie, Shanna,  Kimberlee and Christine Brown; Derek, Mallory and Jacob Cihak; Lauren and Maxwell Alexander; one brother, Kenneth Richard Brown and wife Jean of Sioux Falls; two sisters; Carol Brown of Sioux Falls; Nancy Petersen and husband Pete of Lamoni, IA; two brothers-in-law, Alvin Roeder and wife Gayle of Parker; John Roeder and wife Mary of Mitchell; one sister-in-law, Ruth Roeder of Hot Springs Village, AR; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William Brown, his mother and father-in-law Clarence and Wilhelmine (Mayer) Roeder and a brother-in-law, William Roeder.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Scripture Service ~ 7:30 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, December 22, 2011
10:30 AM
Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Church
Alexandria, South Dakota


Burial will be at a later date at
Saint Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery

Posted by Karcy on January 13, 2012
Great article, thank you again for wtrinig.
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on December 21, 2011
We extend our sympathy to Bob's family. Always enjoyed Bob & Shirley's friendly visits when servicing Hanson County Sheriffs radio system. God bless you all.
Posted by Tiffany (Pape) Hofer on December 21, 2011
Shirley and Family, You're in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Tiffany, Kevin, Grace and Blake Hofer
Posted by Kelly Gross on December 21, 2011
I am so sorry to read about Bob's passing. I really enjoyed working with Bob when I was with the Davison County Sheriff's office. I was even a temp. deputy for Hanson County and filled in every now and again. I will miss seeing him from time to time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Jacki (Kunkel) Sweisberger on December 21, 2011
Paula and family: my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Jerome and Cindy Beatch on December 20, 2011
our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Jack Wagner on December 20, 2011
Bob you will be missed. You were a great person all around . Thx !!!!!!
Posted by Christy Metz Gardner on December 20, 2011
Carol, Richard and Nancy: So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Charlie Larson on December 20, 2011
He was a good cop and will be missed.
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