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Ronald Brown

Dec. 15, 1941-May 25, 2008

Ronald L. Brown, 66, of White Earth, died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at Clearwater County Memorial Hospital in Bagley, Minn.

Ronald Lee Brown was born to Augustus Jeremiah and Mabel Flora (Leaf) Brown on Dec. 15, 1941 at the White Earth Hospital. He came from a large family with a Christian legacy spanning four generations. Ron was raised with his family in the White Earth area and attended school near there. As a young man, he moved to Minneapolis and began working various jobs. He spent many years in the painting profession in the Minneapolis area.

While living in Minnesota, Ron was an avid boxer and remained undefeated in his boxing career. Ron also lived for a short time in El Paso, Texas, before returning to Minnesota. In the mid-1980s, he moved back to White Earth to be near his family. Most recently, due to failing health, Ron moved to Bagley, where he made his home in the Cornerstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Ron accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior two and half years ago. His brother, Pastor Tim Brown, had the wonderful opportunity to lead him in the sinner's prayer.

Ron was a strong willed and determined individual, who always had the best interest of his family in mind. He always showed care and compassion for the happiness of his family and loved ones. One of his greatest joys was cooking for people, especially his family. He was a talented crafter and often made dream catchers to share.

Ron also enjoyed visiting and telling stories with family and friends.

Ron is survived by two sisters, Beverly (Jim Sr.) Libby of Ogema and Nancy (Larry) Larson of White Earth; six brothers, Thomas Brown of Mahnomen, Kenneth (Aurelia) Brown of White Earth, Pastor Tim (Tammy) Brown of Waubun, Franklin Brown of Ogema, Ralph Brown of Minneapolis, and Jesse Foster of Minneapolis; one uncle as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one sister, Maeferd Foster; and three brothers, August, Roger, and Herman "Buster" Brown.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 28, at Assemblies of God Church in White Earth, with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Justin Brown, James Libby Jr., Tim Brown Jr., Mark Foster, Matthew Larson and Randy Brown. Honorary bearers were Jesse Foster, Crusher Brown, James Libby Sr., Larry Larson, Kibby Sullivan, Grace Jackson, Boone Brown, Jimmy Jackson, Melvin Manypenny, Jim Born, Lawrence Jarson Jr., and Francis Clark.

Interment was at the White Earth Assemblies of God Cemetery in White Earth. Arrangements were entrusted to Anderson-Mattson Funeral Home, Mahnomen. An online guest book is available at