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Ronald Richard Brown, age 87, of Greenville, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The son of Samuel & Beatrice Beverly (Olger) Brown, he was born on January 7, 1932 in Greenville. 

A proud veteran of the United States Army, after his discharge Ronald continued to serve in the Michigan National Guard.  On September 9, 1950, in Ionia, he married Lucienna Mae McCusker and together they raised four daughters and enjoyed over 68 years of marriage.  Ronald retired from the former Electrolux Home Products and then worked at Lazy-Boy as service manager.

He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Brown;  his mother, Beatrice Costen;  his step-father, Murn Costen;  two brothers, Thomas Brown and Robert Brown;  a step-sister, Joellen Costen;  a grandson, Jason Marc Hansen;  and an infant great-granddaughter, Alexi Nicole.      

Surviving are his wife, Lucy Brown of Greenville;  their daughters, Kerry Hillman of Gowen, Sherry Taylor of Mishawaka, Indiana, Pam & Al Gender of Greenville, and Pat & Phil Hansen of Greenville;  ten grandchildren;  twenty-three great grandchildren;  a sister-in-law, Mary Jean Brown of Greenville;  and many nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, no services will be held and burial will take place at Eureka Township Cemetery at a later time. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ronald's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  www.ChristiansenCares.com  Arrangements are  entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care – Greenville, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.

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  1. Jennifer kouba on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Fly high gpa, your going to be greatly missed gpa.I love you.



  2. Jim Brown on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Ron will be greatly missed. A good father, good family man and caring man.Could tell a pretty good story too.I will remember him always.



  3. Dan Thomas on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I remember uncle Ronnie at family get togethers telling stories and jokes and always friendly towards his niece’s and nephews. I remember how he liked to fish and hunt and particularly one time we picked him and uncle Dick up from the river in March soaked head to toe from an upside down canoe trip. I’ll always remember his hospitality and friendly smiles.



  4. Tommy & Beth Lafferty on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear of your fatherGÇÖs passing, Pam. We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Much love, Tommy & Beth Lafferty



  5. Michael and Lisa Brown on March 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    We have fond family memories with visits to Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Lucienna’s.-á Uncle Ronnie always had such great things to say about our kids, and we are thankful to have funny and joyful memories to remember him by.-á We enjoyed listening to his good old stories!-á -áRest in Peace Uncle Ronnie, you always knew how to bring out a smile.-á



  6. Camilla Thornburg on March 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Uncle Ronnie I will miss having coffee with you and Aunt Lucienna. You always made me laugh.



  7. Kathy VanHoose on March 7, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Heaven just got a little “rowdy-er!”-á Grandma C. has her three boys back and I can just imagine the conversation around that table!!-á Uncle Ronnie, the youngest, being the most “spirited!”-á He frequently visited Dad over the years.-á He always made me smile, he was witty, quite the “B-S er!!”-á He was a family man, and nothing speaks higher of a man than that.-á I mentioned “rowdy” of which all three of those boys, “Ronnie, Bobby, and Tommy” were, nothing wrong with that, but wanted to mention the special women that it took to tame those boys. I admire you Aunt Lucina in many ways, for the devotion you showed him over the years.-á You took very good care of him.-á You too are a “family person”, and again, nothing speaks higher of a woman than that. -á-á Wishing you comfort, bountiful blessings, and much Peace in the days ahead. -á -á With much love,-á Kathy and Steve



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