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Keith Brown

June 6, 1935 — January 22, 2013

77, of Ubly, died following a short illness Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in McLaren Bay Region, Bay City. He was born June 6, 1935 at home on Cumber Road to Lloyd and Clara (Gibbard) Brown. He married Joyce Ann Lowe May 14, 1960 in Cass City.

Keith was a dairy and beef farmer. He also operated a sawmill completing many custom projects for area friends and neighbors. Keith loved trains. He was a member of the Blue Water Michigan Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. He and Joyce enjoyed many Michigan train rides on the old trains. He enjoyed sports including all the Detroit teams. Keith loved watching his grandchildren play in their sports events. After retirement, Keith and Joyce were able to do a bit of traveling including trips to California and Texas. Keith was a talker. He made friends easily and loved to be with people and talk about what was going on in the world.

Keith is survived by his wife, Joyce; children: Lorie (Steven) Ruthko of Ubly, Lisa (Roy) Calahan of Carsonville, Ken Brown of Ubly, Tim Brown of Ubly; grandchildren: Jordan Ruthko, Jeremy Ruthko, Bradley (Mandy) Calahan, Kevin (Cassy VanConant) Calahan, Taylor Brown, Kennedy Brown, Rachel Brown; sister, Florence Dyet of Tucson, AZ; brother, Clare (Georgene) Brown of Ubly; father-in-law, Virgil Lowe of Snover; sister-in-law, Carolyn (Harold) Donaghy of Sandusky; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by daughter, Suzie Brown; brothers: Billy Brown, H. Jay Brown, Robert Brown; sister, Phyllis Pelton; parents, Lloyd and Clara Brown; mother-in-law, Verna Lowe; sister-in-law, Yvonne (George) Sangster.

Funeral service held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Kranz Funeral Home Cass City with Rev. Robert Srock officiating. Interment is in Elkland Township Cemetery. Pallbearers for Mr. Brown: Jordan Ruthko, Jeremy Ruthko, Brad Calahan, Kevin Calahan, Nick Young, and Bill Brown. Memorials may be made to Argyle United Methodist Church. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at

Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Kranz Funeral Home - Cass City
2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2013 in Kranz Funeral Home - Cass City
12 to 1 Saturday, January 26, 2013 in Kranz Funeral Home - Cass City

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195

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