Mr. Robert Cecil “Rob” Brown, age 69 years, of Russellville, MO, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020 at Capital Region Medical Center.
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Rob was born on March 28, 1951 in Jefferson City, MO, the son of Donald E. and Mabel R. (Patton) Brown. He was married on December 22, 1972 in Jefferson City, MO to Betty Jean Hutschreider, who survives at the home.
A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Rob was a 1969 graduate of Jefferson City High School. It was during Rob's freshman year in college that he met the love of his life, Betty, through her brother. After graduation, Rob attended Lincoln University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture in 1973.
Rob was involved in the Army ROTC Program at Lincoln University and continued his involvement in the United States Army Reserve for many years after he graduated. When he was honorably discharged from the Army Reserves, Rob obtained the rank of a Second Lieutenant.
He was employed for over 45 years under the State of Missouri with Employment Security and Workforce Development as a Computer Information Specialist. One of his largest responsibilities was a COBOL Programmer to help with their mainframe. He thoroughly enjoyed his job and even worked part time later in his career because he cherished the relationships with his coworkers, who he thought of as great friends.
Rob was a sports fanatic and always rooted for Missouri teams. He was a 42-year season ticket holder of the Jefferson City Jays Football team and loved watching them play through the years. His favorite color was red, and he proudly boasted his Jays gear, especially his red knee-high socks. He also cheered for the Mizzou Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. Many memories for the family revolve around attending games to cheer on these teams. Rob was the co-founder, secretary, and helped coach at the Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Program. He was also the secretary at Mid-State Lanes for his bowling league that he played in years ago. Rob was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and helped coach his children’s sports teams when they were younger.
Rob enjoyed time outdoors with family at their farm and lake cabin. He made sure to put aside Sunday’s to be with family and having that time to fish, boat, and tinker at the cabin. When Rob’s kids were younger, he and Betty made sure to have the best Halloween parties and give hayrides all over the family farm. As the family grew, Rob enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and family. He loved watching his grandson play sports and having family gatherings together. He enjoyed going on cruises with family and friends and meeting with friends on Sunday mornings for breakfast. During the Christmas season he enjoyed going to Branson and spending time with family. He will be remembered for his generous, considerate, caring heart and always putting his family first.
Survivors include: his loving wife of nearly 48 years, Betty Brown; three children, Robby Brown (wife Sarah), Ryne Brown, and Buffy Atout (husband Waleed), all of Jefferson City, MO; one sister, Donna Hatfield (husband Dick) of Tonganoxie, KS; five grandchildren, Zachary Brown, Savannah Brown, Samuel Brown, Zain Atout, and Tala Atout; and several nieces and nephews.
Rob was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Ava Brown in 2009; sister, Kristi Brown; brother, Kenny Brown; and numerous beloved dogs, including Jodie, Boomer and Ozzy.
Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The general public is welcome to attend and anyone in attendance is required to wear a protective mask.
Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Don Fankhauser officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.
A webcast of the service can be viewed at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday for friends that are not able to attend by going to his memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to First Candle, 49 Locust Avenue, Suite 104, New Canaan, Ct. 06840. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.