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Donald B Brown

January 22, 1925 — June 13, 2023

Donald Brown

Donald Ben Brown was born January 22, 1925, at Lamont, Nebraska, in rural Dundy County, Nebraska, to John and Rosa (Krutsinger) Brown. Don attended country grade school and graduated from Benkelman High School in 1943.

On June 14, 1947, Don married Betty Joan Eaton in St Francis, Kansas. The couple first settled in an 8X16 trailer house in rural Dundy County. Don and Betty moved the trailer and rented a house until 1982, when the couple built their own home. Rural Dundy County was always home for Don and Betty.

Don was a farmer and rancher. He also was a school bus driver for many years.
He was a member of the Frist Presbyterian Church of Benkelman, NE, and the French Valley Coop of Imperial, Nebraska. Don was a 4-H leader in his younger years, and enjoyed fishing, bowling, square dancing, and playing cards. He also loved spending time and visits with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don passed away Tuesday morning, June 13, 2023, at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial. He was 98 years of age.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, in 2012, brothers, Ken, Bob and Bill Brown, sisters, Loraine Grimes, Nina Fortkamp, and Jean Welch. granddaughter, Jessica Kautz.

Survivors Include:
Don Brown Jr. and wife, Manette of Imperial, NE
Ron Brown and wife, Deb, of Yukon, OK
Mike Brown and wife, Roxann Mullen, NE
Julie Kautz and husband, Eric, of Gering, NE
Linda Freese and husband, Neal, of Plymouth, NE

Grandchildren: Misty (Shane) Richards, David (Jacci) Brown, Steve (Kathy) Brown, Danny (Megan) Brown, Marc (Jennifer) Brown, Samantha (Sam) Fhuere, Stacy (Adam) Paitz, Kasey (Tony) Norder, Emily Brown, Josh Kautz, Hanna Kautz, Cody (Ashley) Gerlach, Levi Gerlach, and Weston Gerlach.

Great-Grandchildren: Shelby and Dash Richards, Maddi and Myla Brown, Zachary and Ashley Brown, Wesley and Kara Brown, Kaylin and Lane Brown, Holdyn Fhuere, Avery, James, Harper and Hunter Paitz, Roxann Norder, Kaius Kautz, Micah, Asher, Silas, Hadley, Harlyn, and Ethan Gerlach.

Brother-In-Law: Don Welch of Imperial, NE

Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning, June 17, 2023, 11:00 A.M. (MT) at the Imperial Berean Church, Imperial, with Pastor Matt Maxwell officiating. Interment will follow at the Benkelman Cemetery, Benkelman, NE, starting at 2:00 P.M.(MT).

Visitation will be held Friday afternoon, June 16, 2023, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (MT) at Liewer Funeral Home, Imperial, NE

A memorial, In Don’s memory, has been suggested to the Imperial Manor Nursing Home, Imperial, Nebraska, or donor’s choice.

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