Frank Brown

Frank BrownAge 90, of Mason, passed away April 7, 2013.  He was born September 26, 1922, to Elvin and Ottie Brown of Haslett.  He graduated from Haslett High School in 1940.  Frank proudly served in WWII and the Korean Conflict.

He worked for various companies including Michigan Bell, Hager Fox, Standard Block, MSU, before settling into business for himself, creating the Brown & Chappell Insurance Agency in 1965 which has blossomed into the successful Holt & Dimondale Insurance Agency. He was very active in the Holt Kiwanis Club, serving as club secretary for 43 years. During his tenure, he received numerous distinguished awards. Frank was a dedicated community person, always paying it forward to local community events or organizations. Frank loved to travel and visited many countries during his lifetime. He also loved to spend time at the cottage as well as watch the ducks in the pond behind his apartment with wife Marge by his side.

Frank married Phyllis MacNeal in 1926 and they were married for 53 years. She precedes him in death. Son Shawn also precedes him in death. Also, preceding him in death are brothers, Dan and Robert; and sister, Jeanette. Brother Darrell survives him.

He married Marjorie Tharnish in 2006 and she survives him. For the last seven years, Marge and Frank were inseparable and as in Frank’s own words, “As of this date, I am living with the most wonderful person in the world.”

Also surviving are: son, Patrick (Kathy Cole); daughter-in-law, Susan Brown; stepchildren, Lawrence (Susan) Tharnish, Marilyn (Bob) Mattiesen, Susan (Edward) Pavwoski, Paula (Jeff) Orler and Julie (Scott) Chelf; grandchildren, Patrick, Megan, Amber, Conner, Sarah, Ethan, Brandy, Brandon, Peter, Tammy, Michael, Angela, Ben, Mariah, Joshua, Jasmine, and Derek; and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 Aurelius Rd., with The Rev. Bekah J.C. Zorgdrager officiating.  The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel from 11-1 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Holt Community Food Bank in memory of Frank Brown.

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D Williams
April 8, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Condolences to the Brown family. May the “God of Comfort” bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3 & 4). My prayers are with your family.

Caryn Coyle
April 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

Farewell, Old Friend-. I have known you for most of my life and have always known that your heart was bigger than you are. Give Phyllis a hug for us and rest in peace.

Caryn Coyle & Kathi Lockhart

Terry Carroll
April 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

On behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Okemos, and personally, want to extend deepest sympathy to the Brown family. Frank was a good man and a great Kiwanian and I enjoyed working with him on a number of occasions. He also admitted to enjoying the bagpipes.
A previous committment prevented my being there for the service.

Dave & Glinda Starr
April 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

On behalf on Craig’s Auto Body and personally we extend our sympathy to the Brown family. He was truly a wonderful man with a big heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Laura Olson (Smith)
April 14, 2013 at 1:47 am

Getting to know Frank as a young Kiwanis member several years ago was a true pleasure. He was always very gracious and kind to me.
He was a living example of how to live life to the fullest!
God Bless your family!


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