Saturday, Jan 20, 2018

Bobby Ray Brown

Date: 
02/28/1936 - 10/15/2014

Bobby Ray Brown, 78, Harvard, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Mercy Janesville Hospital, Janesville, Wis.

He was born Feb. 28, 1936, in Vidette, Ark., to Bert and Nora (Johnson) Brown.

He graduated from Viola High School in Arkansas in 1954.

On Aug. 4, 1956, he married Shirley Strubing in Harvard.   He worked at Auto Lite, Admiral and St. Joseph Hospital and retired from Chrysler in 1999 after working there for 30 years.

He loved baseball and coached the Belvidere Blades in the community baseball league. His favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals. He played on several area teams that included Woodstock, Belvidere and Rockford. He enjoyed deer hunting in his younger days and being a part of a camping club, and auto mechanics and auctions. He also enjoyed fishing with his son, grandchildren, daughter and brothers, and spending time with his McDonald’s coffee group. He always was ready to joke with and tease his grandchildren and loved having them over for sleepovers.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harvard, the Harvard Moose Lodge since 1975 and the UAW.

Survivors include his wife; four daughters, Patricia (Barry) Kohl, Sandra (Mike) Luerssen, Melissa (Chad) Oerkfitz and Sara (Tom) Long; a son, Jerry (Susan) Brown; 19 grandchildren, Beth, Jeff, Emily, Cassandra, Rachael, Nora, Seth, Grace and Olivia Kohl, Ryan, Joshua, Jared and Matthew Luerssen, Greg Chaney, Riley and Justin Oerkfitz and Ella, Alyssa and Nathan Long; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill (Mona) Brown; two sisters, Betty (Guy) Johnston and Evelyn (Devon) Smith; a sister-in-law, Lola Mae Brown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father- and mother-in-law, Emil and Calla Strubing; a grandson, Royce Ray Oerkfitz; two brothers, Marcus (Louise) Brown and Lefal Brown; a sister, Belle (Roy) Foster; and a brother-in-law, Norman Strubing.

Visitation was Oct. 17 at Saunders & McFarlin Funeral Home. The funeral was Oct. 18 at the First United Methodist Church, Harvard, with the Rev. Eric Blachford officiating. Interment was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Harvard.