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Max Brown - March 04, 2010


Max Sharon Brown, 86, of Holyoke was born Feb. 19, 1924 in Hemingford, Neb. to Edgar S. and Nellie (Beedle) Brown. He was the third of four children. He died March 4, 2010 at Regent Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Holyoke.

He grew up in the Lusk, Wyo. area and worked with his father growing grains and potatoes, then moved to northeast Colorado with his family where he spent the rest of his life. Max helped his father with farming and later joined the United States Navy in 1943, spending time in the southwest Pacific during World War II. He often reminisced of his time in the Philippines where he was stationed for 10 months. At the time of his discharge in May 1946, he was an Electrician’s Mate Third Class USNR.

Max married Betty E. O’Neal June 26, 1949 in Holyoke at First United Methodist Church. They resided south of Holyoke in the Highland Center community where he farmed for many years.

Max was well-known for his excellent welding talents and spent many years helping Butch Beal manufacture the Beal rod weeder. After moving to Holyoke in 1965 he continued to farm until he retired due to failing health. Max loved to attend the events of his grandchildren, especially the sporting events. He spent many hours at his beloved shop “tinkering” around.

Max was a member of the United Methodist Church since 1948. He served his Lord all his life and attended Wages and Holyoke Methodist churches. He was a devoted board member for the East Phillips County Hospital District Board from 1974-1986. He was also an Honorary Chapter Farmer for the Holyoke FFA chapter.

Max was especially proud to finally receive his high school diploma under the “Operation Recognition” program for veterans through Holyoke High School in May 2003.

Max leaves behind his children, Steve and wife Cherrie Brown, Sandy and husband Rusty Triplette, Sharon and husband Scott Murray, all of Holyoke; grandchildren, Jennifer Tennessen of Greeley, Michael and wife Casey Newth of Greeley, Brett and wife Josie Murray of Brighton, Lance Murray of Holyoke, Kelsey Triplette of Evans, Christopher Brown of Denver, Evan Murray of Holyoke, Alyson Brown of Denver, Tammie and Tom Timm of Haxtun, Tanya and Jeff Poe of Sterling and Travis and Brenda Pittman of Sterling; great-grandchildren, A.J. and Owen Tennessen, Kaitlyn Newth, Stephen, Matthew and Daniel Murray, Vanessa, Victoria, Kendra and Kody Timm, Jace and Camdyn Pittman and Aubrey and Isaac Poe. Max had numerous relatives and friends.

Max was preceded in death by both his parents and his step-mother Florence; wife of 58 years, Betty; sister, Emogene Martinson; brothers, Richard O. and Lavonne W. Brown; infant great-grandson, Ethan Murray; sisters-in-law, Carolyn and Hazel Brown; niece, Paula Gullickson; and nephews, Ron Berryman, Lee Berryman, Mick Berryman and Gary Brown.

The funeral service for Max was held March 8 at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke with Pastor Paul Sung and Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment was at Holyoke Cemetery.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation.