William R. Brown
W. Richard “Dick” Brown, the son of Alvin and Tassie (McFarland) Brown was born Sept. 1, 1924 in West Bend where he was raised and received his education, graduating from the West Bend High School.
On March 30, 1947, he was united in marriage with Marjorie Perkins at the United Methodist Church in West Bend. Dick and Marge lived and farmed in and around the West Bend area during their married lives, moving to town in 1992.
Dick served on the West Bend School Board from 1964-1974, a 4-H Leader for 20 years, a charter member of the West Bend Hawkeye FFA, a lifetime member of the National FFA and was honored for exhibiting for 25 years at the Clay County Fair. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, enjoyed gardening and loved playing cards with Glenn and Marge Schellhammer.
Survivors include his children: Raymond (Linda) Brown of West Bend, Elaine (Leonard) Nicol of Ankeny, Ronald (Kay) Brown of West Bend, and Sheila (Ronald) Balek of Manly; 12 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Marge in 2012, granddaughter Jennifer Nicol and brothers Rex, Robert and infant brother Jimmy.