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Donovan "Donnie" L. Brown

May 22, 1943 ~ February 20, 2019 (age 75)



Mr. Donovan “Donnie” L. Brown, age 75, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, February 20 at his home.

Mr. Brown was born May 22, 1943 in Salem, Indiana the son of Pete and Doris Webb Brown.  He began his retail career with W.T. Grant, he started working for Target in 1973 and was Regional Operations Vice President for over 20 years, he then developed the Chicago market area for Price Club/Costco.  He retired in 1999 from Hills Department Stores as Store Operations Senior Vice President.

Don was a beloved, Husband, Dad, and Grandpa. He cherished the time he got to spend with his family above all else and would frequently make trips to Florida to spend time with the people he loved, his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed being outside. Often, you could find him watching the yard for birds and the occasional squirrel and taking rides through the country in his red Jeep seemed to be a nightly ritual. He had a great sense of humor and could have you laughing for hours. He brought the whole family together and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife:  Jean Boedigheimer Brown of Salem.  They were married June 21, 1989.  He is also survived by two daughters:  Cindy Brown of Ocala, Florida and Debra Ritchie (Bruce) of New Port Richey, Florida, a brother:  Douglas Brown, a sister:  Denise Newkirk (Frank), and six grandchildren:  Brian, Kathrine, Alan, Elizabeth, Matthew, and Lauren. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7PM and Wednesday from 9AM-time of service.


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