IN LOVING MEMORY

OF MICHAEL J. BROWN

Michael James Brown

Michael J. Brown (Brownie) was born April 8, 1959 in Michigan City, Indiana to Virgil and Ruby (Pivoney) Brown. He was raised in Lakeside and graduated from River Valley High School in 1977. He received his Associates Degree in Building Construction Technology from Ferris State in Big Rapids, MI. Mike served as a volunteer firefighter on both Lakeside and Three Oaks fire departments. Beginning in 1981 he proudly served his country in the US Army Special Forces (Green Beret). Brownie served 14 years active duty and 14 years in the National Guard and Reserves. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant, Special Forces Sergeant (18Z50). During this time he visited 60 countries, built a school in a remote, hostile part of El Salvador and built infrastructure for Special Forces Camps in Central America. He used his knowledge of 4 languages to train foreign military forces. Brownie spent 18 months in Iraq /Qatar and 4 years in Afghanistan. He served as Sergeant at Arms for Post 204 American Legion Three Oaks, he was a member and officer of the Three Oaks Lions Club, a mentor for 4-H construction classes and helped to build Timbertown at Watkin’s Park. He was a carpenter, building homes as Brownies Construction Company. He not only served his country, earning many awards for valor, he was very active in his community and was always helping someone in need. Brownie always said that Flag Day in Three Oaks was his holiday. He loved playing cards, volleyball, bowling, football, softball, tug-o-war, “bags”, riding his Harley and hangin’ out with family and friends. Many people, young and old looked to him as an example, mentor and friend. He was a friend to everyone he came in contact with both here and abroad. Brownie, you are greatly missed by us all. 

Brownie was very involved in his community and believed in assisting any in need.  Serving 28 years in the military, Brownie truly lived out his belief of self-sacrifice for others.  All donations received will support organizations  and community efforts that were near and dear to Brownie.

 

Adopt-A-Highway Clean-Up Schedule:

Held at Exit 4 Cloverleaf

(New Buffalo, Michigan)

  • April

  • July

  • September

 

Michael J. Brown Memorial Poker Run:

July 18, 2020 

WHERE:  VFW POST 1130

181 W. McCLUNG ROAD

LAPORTE, IN 46350

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION:

US HWY 12

at Hoder Road

New Buffalo, MI

 

 

Annual River Valley High School Senior Scholarship

Three Oaks, MI

 

Girl and Boy Scouts

of America

 

National Museum of US Army – Boise, ID

 

River Valley Rocket Football Program

Three Oaks, MI

Local Youth Sports

Local Veterans

 

Various Community Efforts

 

​​Call Us:

219.406.2867

​​Contact Us:

P.O. Box 556

Union Pier, MI 49129

​​E-mail Us:

browniememorial@gmail.com