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Richard “Rick” Brown, age 57, of Grant, Michigan passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020.  Rick was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to Phyllis and Richard Brown and was raised in Charlotte, Michigan where he graduated from Charlotte High School with the class of 1981 and went onto study at Michigan State University.  Rick was a hard working and self described “hard headed man” who cherished his family and friends.  He took pride in his work and enjoyed NASCAR, hunting, and fishing in the great outdoors and any opportunity to spend time with friends and family.  Rick never knew a stranger for long!  He will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his father and hero, Richard “Dick” Brown and his beloved grandmother, Frieda Baird.  His family takes solace in the thought that they are now together.

Rick is survived by his three children, of whom he was fiercely proud, Brandon, Nicole and Rachael Brown.  He is further survived by his mother, Phyllis Brown; brother, Ronald (Rebecca) Brown and their daughter, Elizabeth; sister, Karena (Stephen) Spatz and their son, Kyan; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Out of health concerns at this time due to Covid-19 a private celebration of life will be held by immediate family.  They ask that friends and loved ones hold their own celebrations of life with their families. When you think of Rick, celebrate the good memories you have of him. Remember that life is a fragile, fleeting gift and should be lived to the fullest each and every day.

His family would like to express their sincere heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has reached out with love and prayers as they struggle with this great loss. Thank you.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that a donation be made in Rick’s name to plant a tree in The Shoshone National Forest or to The National Veterans Foundation

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rick’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Michael olcott on September 22, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Our sincerest condolences to you and your family .I knew Rick and his brother Ron from Charlotte high school

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