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Obituary: Arthur K. ‘Art’ Brown, Brown County

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Arthur K. ‘Art’ Brown

Arthur K. “Art” Brown, 90, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home in Brown County.

He was one of the few remaining veterans who served on the USS Enterprise who received enemy fire during World War II. While serving as a ship fitter second class for the U.S. Navy on the Enterprise, Art was present at the battles of New Guinea, Yap, Falau, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands and many other strikes that his ship made against the enemy.

He has been recognized nationally and locally for his heroics and was present for the decommissioning ceremony in 2012 in Virginia for the current USS Enterprise ship that he felt so honored to be a part of.

Art was born April 5, 1923, in Manson, Iowa, to the late James S. and Esther (Nettlemeyer) Brown. He was a 1942 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School in Iowa.

After returning from duty, he helped with his father’s business of moving houses in Iowa but quickly became bored with the work.

He moved to Indiana and was hired at Martin Marietta Materials in Indianapolis, where he was the head of maintenance until his retirement in 1992.

Retirement did not make Art idle, as he loved the welding trade. He had many unique handmade pieces of his welding art at his residence in Brown County.

Art was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville and was truly a people person. He enjoyed fishing from his dock and often would invite others to join him for a bit of fishing and storytelling. He also enjoyed old-fashioned Western music and dancing.

Art is survived by his children, Kathleen Elizabeth Barnes of Crystal River, Fla., Arthur K. Brown Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Carl B. Brown of Bloomington and Steven Wayne Adams of Brown County. He will be remembered by his good friend and companion, Patsy Clark of Morgantown; sisters, Anna Mae Thomas of Indianapolis and Regina Marie Dye of Elwood; brothers, Donald Brown of Carol, Iowa, Richard Brown of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Bob Brown of Jewel, Iowa; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Art was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Rowena Lepley, whom he married in 1945, in Fort Dodge, Iowa; his second wife, Dorothy Jean Conway, whom he married Aug. 23, 1969, in Elk Point, S.D.; and four brothers, George William, James Calvin, Howard Bruce and Chester Leroy Brown.

Mr. Ron Higgins of The Salvation Army Church in Nashville will conduct a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home, Cremation and Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry St., Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown, with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Brown family at meredith-clark.com.

Information: 812-597-4670

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