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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Herman Walter Brown

Herman Walter Brown, age 75, of Glendive, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care in Glendive. 

Visitation will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Glendive with Bishop Armondo Murato officiating. Interment will be held in Dawson County Cemetery in Glendive. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Herman was born March 26, 1942 in Dickinson, N.D. to Dorothy Elizabeth (Feldmann) Brown and Raymond Walter Brown. He was the oldest of the four boys LeRoy, Donald and Roger. They were raised on the family farm north of Beach. 

Dad’s education started at the Little Beaver School (one of five students). He attended there through the eighth grade, then went on to Beach High School and graduated with the class of 1961. After graduation he stayed and worked on the farm. In 1964 they moved  southwest of Glendive to start a dairy farm. Ray, his dad, passed away soon after and the boys decided it was time to move on to greener pastures. That is when dad found his true passion, the oilfield! He would spend the next twenty years doing what he loved the most. He “got to travel from one end of the good old U.S.A. to the other. From the frigid cold of Alaska to the desert heat of west Texas.”

In 1972 and 1973 he would find his next passions in life. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and married Linda Hochberger of Fairview, Mont. When he married Mom he also got a daughter (LaDonna) to call his own and in 1974 they had a son, Timothy. They made our home on Jefferson School Road in 1975 and life was great!

Dad broke his ankle in the early 1980’s and life never seemed to be the same for him. Injury after injury and declining health led him back to college at DCC in Glendive, and he then became a college graduate in 1988. From 1990 until his retirement in 2010 he was the head custodian for Jefferson School. In retirement it was all about his grandkids. Taking care of Cory after school and traveling to see Eli, Hailey, Jenna and Aiden were very important to him. Over the years he held many positions in the church and being a young men’s leader was where he left his mark. He touched and changed so many lives with the work he did.

Dad was a great husband, father, grandfather, worker and friend. He never forgot a name and had a story to tell everyone. But if his lips were moving he was probably lying and he would lie to anyone who would listen! He taught us never to be late, so we were always an hour early to everything, you worked hard, and you thought of others before yourself. He will be remembered for his old yellow and black pick-up, love of guns, Harley Davidson motorcycles (with sidecars), taking his dogs Twister and Slugger for ice cream, river raft rides, and his fantastic steaks. He was the Best. We will miss you Dad!

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother Donald Brown. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Brown of Glendive; a daughter, LaDonna (Sean)Wootan of Glendive; a son, Tim (Meredith) Brown of Twin Falls, Idaho;  brothers, LeRoy Brown of Belle Fourche, S.D., and Roger (Susan) Brown of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; sister-in-law, June Brown of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Cory Wootan of Glendive, Eli, Hailey, Jenna and Aiden Brown of Twin Falls, Idaho; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.   

Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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