Frederick Leo Brown Sr. was born July 11, 1934, in Newton, the son of Preston Leo and Pauline Ruth Hummel Brown. He received his education in Colfax. From 1952 to 1955, he was enlisted in the Army, where he served as a corporal in Korea with the 24th Infantry, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion.
On Sept. 23, 1954, he was united in marriage with Betty Arlene Alexander, at the Catholic Community Chapel in Fort Bliss, Texas. He worked at Maytag Corporation in Skilled Trades as well as sheet metal for 31 years.
Fred was an avid bowler and inducted into the Iowa Bowling Hall of Fame. He was a president of Babe Ruth Baseball where he coached and managed Little League Baseball. In his later years, Fred could be found chasing a golf ball around Colfax Country Club.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; five children, Frederick Jr. (Nancy), Loretta (Larry) Bowman, Preston (Linda), Matthew and Patrick “Barney” (Kelli) Brown; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Theresa Schumann and Julie Tungwenuk, and five brothers, Thomas, Jim, Paul, John and Mike Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Joseph Brown.
Fred passed Feb. 18, 2013, at Skiff Medical Center in Newton at the age of 78.
Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton from 5 to 7 p.m. with a vigil service to follow at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Internment will be at McKeever Cemetery in Colfax at a later date.
For those desiring, memorials may be designated to the Fred Brown family. The funeral arrangements are provided by Johnson Funeral Service.