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Richard Lee Brown, Sr.

Richard Lee Brown, Sr.

Born: Sun., Feb. 23, 1947

Died: Fri., Apr. 25, 2014

Richard "Oly" Lee Brown, Sr., 67, of Cass Lake, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Bemidji. He was born on February 23, 1947 in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

Oly was a very good cook. He graduated from Cordon Blue, and loved to cook for people. He would always try different things to cook with to keep it interesting. Oly would always help out where he could and he was sure to teach you a better way to do things. He was an outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish. Oly was the family historian and the official Hominy maker for the family. The pot that he made it in was passed down to him when his dad passed away. Now it will have to be passed on to another. He was a good grandpa who loved spending time with his grandchildren. Oly was a member of the Cass Lake Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Oly will join his family waiting for him who include his son; Richard "Richie" Brown, Jr., sister Barbara, uncles Frank and Dan, aunt Vivian, and many close relatives. He leaves behind his mom Rose Brown of Minneapolis, sons; Joshua Joslin of Las Vegas, Donovan (Dawn) Staples of Tacoma, Aaron Brown, Sr. of Cass Lake, Nathaniel Brown of Cass Lake, daughters; Nicole (George) Staples of Cass Lake, Angela Brown of Cass Lake, step children; Lisa (Jamie) Mitchell, Jeff Brunelle, Bill (Wendy) Brunelle and Brian (Ali) Brunelle, 13 grandchildren, close nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A wake for Oly will begin at 5 p.m., on Monday, April 28, and will continue until the 11 a.m. service on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 all at the Veteran's Memorial Building in Cass Lake. Father George Ross and Pastor Mark R. Olson will officiate. Pallbearers for Oly will be Jerome Johnson, Jr., Damon Staples, Ben White, Sr., Ken Hanson, Charlie Brown Headbird, In spirit Sheldon Brown, and George Michaud. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Beaulieu, Dakotah Brunelle, Alfred "Tig" Pemberton, Jess Headbird, Donnie Headbird, Eugene "Ribs" Whitebird, Daniel LaPrairie, Winfied LaPrairie, Frank Brown, Jackson Arcorn, Ed St. John, Bernie Brown, and all his grandchildren.

There will also be memorial service for Oly at the Cass Lake Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at a later date.

Oly's care has been entrusted to Northern Peace Funeral Home of Walker, MN. Online condolences for the family may be given at


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