Edward R. "Ed" Brown, age 93, of Colby, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. Interment will be held at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Loyal. Family and friends are welcome on Friday, August 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Colby with a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.
Ed was born June 19, 1921 in Loyal, the son of Bert and Frances (Hegy) Brown. He graduated from Loyal High School. Edward served in the Navy during WWII and worked on sea planes as a flight engineer.
Ed was united in marriage to Virginia Smith on June 14, 1947 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal. They shared more than 67 years together in marriage.
Ed worked at PCA in Colby driving semi-trucks until retiring at the age of 65 and was a member of the Million Mile Safety Club. He missed driving and continued working at Galvin International in Abbotsford shuttling trucks for the next 17 years.
Ed was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby, the Knights of Columbus, the Colby VFW #2227 and a lifetime member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). He and his son, Tom, completed construction of a Pietenpol Air Camper in 1982. Tom is still flying the plane today. He also enjoyed wood working, especially making propeller clocks, which each of his children have hanging on their walls today. In his children's eyes, there was nothing he couldn't build or fix.
Edward is survived by his wife, "Ginny" of Colby; ten children: Steven (Karen) Brown of Unity, Thomas Brown of Slinger, Larry Brown of Wausau, Donna Brown of St. Paul, MN, Patrick (Jodi) Brown of West Bend, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Brown, St. Cloud, MN, Mary (David) Erfert, Houston, TX, Carol (John) Staab, Dorchester, Barbara (Thomas) Ritzinger, Rice Lake and Rob Brown of Marshfield; 16 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandsons, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, David; his sister, Ruth Rufener, his brother, Robert Brown, a great-grandson, Zayne Brown, and a daughter-in-law, Patty Brown.
In lieu of flowers and plants, a Memorial Fund will be established in Edward's name.