Donald Franklin Brown of Hillsboro MO, departed this life at age 78 on January 8th 2023. He was born November 7th 1944, in Saint Louis to the late parents Harrie A. Brown and Grace E. Brown (nee McCoy).
Don lived a life of service having retired from Fenton Fire Protection district as a firefighter paramedic. He also worked for the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District. He then volunteered for Cedar Hill Fire Protection district, Big River Ambulance District, Valle Ambulance District, Goldman Fire Protection District, Hillsboro Fire Protection District, and was the long time chairman of the board for the Hillsboro Fire Protection District. Don was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served on the Forrestal.
Don was a Christian and like the study and debate the Bible. He enjoyed Bible based movies and documentaries, westerns, historic shows and YouTube videos. He also enjoyed fishing, golfing and had many other interests. He was even a dance instructor for Author Murray Studios. Mostly Don loved and enjoyed his family and friends even though a Christmas T-shirt he had worn that said "Cantankerous Old Curmudgeon and yet they still love me".
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ruth Brown (nee Heeter), of Hillsboro MO, Daughter Carrie (Chris) Carmack, of Dittmer, Son Matthew Brown of Florida, Stepson David (Angela) Rose of DeSoto Missouri, a Half Brother John (Sherry) Baker of Houston, TX, a special cousin DiAnn McCoy of Houston Texas, special niece Janet stone of San Antonio, TX. 7 grandchildren Cristal (Dan) Wolf, Michael, Cassidy (Josh) Eastbrook, Mason, Jennifer (Jerame) Peebles, Autumn, and Summer. 7 great grandchildren Andrew, breah, Gabe, T.J, Skylar, Koda and Jacy. His brother in laws Marvin Heifner Tim Clark and Richard (Judy) Heeter a sister-in-law Joan brown, his former wife Gwen Stevens any other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Ronald A. Brown, H. Gilbert Brown, half-sister Sherry Clark, Son-in-law Paul Kleve, Sister-in-law Mary Heeter, Carol Heifner and a nephew Brian Heeter.
Visitation-Thursday January 12th 2023 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Robert D. Brown Funeral Home Hillsboro MO.
Funeral Service-Thursday January 12th 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Funeral Home Chapel.
Fire Department Honors- at the conclusion of the funeral service with a walk through and bell ceremony.
Memorials to- Backstoppers or Vitas Hospice would be appreciated.