Richard Rush Brown
Richard Rush Brown, 90 of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at Dow Rummel Village. (Aug 13 1919 – Feb 23 2010)
Born August 13, 1919, in Sioux Falls. Dick attended school in the Sioux Falls Public Schools; Governor Dummer Academy, Byfield, Massachusetts; and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He entered military service in 1942 as a Flight Instructor in the Eastern Training Command at Lakeland, Florida, instructing Royal Air Force and U.S. Air Corp Cadets. In 1944 he transferred to the Air Transport Command delivering combat aircraft and personnel to the Mediterranean and European war theaters.
He married Betty Buchanan on September 5, 1942, in Lakeland, Florida. They returned to Sioux Falls in 1945 when he joined his father in business. In 1954 he became President of the Brown Drug Company. Dick operated wholesale drug companies in Sioux Falls; Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Mankato, Minnesota, supplying hospitals and drug stores in the upper Midwest. He was a member of the National Wholesale Druggist Association and the Mississippi Valley Wholesale Druggists, serving one term as President. He was a member of the Sioux Falls Rotary Club for ten years and a Director of the First National Bank in Sioux Falls for eighteen years. Dick held a current Commercial Pilot’s license for forty years as a result of his life-long interest in aviation. A life-long member of the Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, he served on the Vestry and Investment Committees.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Rush and Ann and his sister Phyllis Cherne. Grateful for having shared his life are his wife Betty; sister Cynthia Willson; four daughters: Carole Brown, Sioux Falls; Barbara (Richard) Rothschild, Minneapolis; Linda (Carl) Kurtz, St. Anthony, Iowa; and Susan Hines, Rapid City; three grandchildren: Amy Copperman (Tobey Jackson), Boston; Daniel (Ann) Hines, Fargo; and Stephen Hines (Kristen Finn), Colorado Springs; and two great-grandchildren: Chloe and Seth Jackson.
Memorials may be directed to the Calvary Episcopal Cathedral or the Children’s Home Foundation.
Visitation will begin at 4 pm with the family present from 4 to 6 pm and prayers beginning at 5:45 pm on Friday February 26, 2010, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th and Main. Graveside rites will be held at 1 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery with a memorial service at 2 pm at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral on Saturday, February 27, 2010.
/Published in the Sioux Falls SD Argus Leader, February 26, 2010/.