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Reverend Father Robert Patrick Brown

January 9, 2018
Emmetsburg News

The visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial for Reverend Father Robert Brown was held on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Reverend Clem Currans officiated.

Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Ayrshire. Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Patrick Brown, son of Matthew and Mabel (Iverson) Brown, was born March 17, 1938.

He began his education in Ayrshire and then attended Saint Mary's Academy in Emmetsburg, which later became Emmetsburg Catholic School. While in high school Bob played guard for the boys basketball team that won the state championship in 1956.

Following high school Bob attended Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN. He then continued his education at the North American College Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Reverend Father Robert Patrick Brown was ordained on Dec. 18, 1963 at the Church of Christo Rey in Rome. He celebrated his first mass in Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg on July 12, 1964.

Fr. Bob served in the Sioux City Diocese as a pastor, teacher and administrator. His assignments were as follows:

Kuemper High School ~ Carroll ~ Faculty ~ 1964-1969

Assistant Pastor ~ Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish ~ Fonda ~ 1969-1970

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School ~ Fonda ~ Faculty ~ 1969-1970

St. Thomas Parish ~ Mason ~ Administrator ~ 1970-1971

St. Edmond High School ~ Fort Dodge ~ Faculty ~ 1970-1971

Bishop Heelan High School ~ Sioux City ~ Faculty ~ 1971-1982

Immaculate Conception Parish ~ Sioux City ~ Sacramental Minister ~ 1971-1982

Sacred Heart Parish ~ Sioux City ~ Pastor ~ 1982-1991

Vicar Forane/Dean ~ 1989-1991

Defender of the Bond ~ Tribunal ~ Diocese of Sioux City ~ 1983

St. Joseph Parish ~ Wall Lake ~ Pastor ~ 1991-1993

St. Mary High School ~ Storm Lake ~ Faculty ~ 1993

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish ~ Mt. Carmel (attending Maple River)


St. Bernard Parish ~ Breda ~ Administrator ~ 2004

St. Louis Parish ~ Royal ~ 2004 (Retired)

Fr. Bob passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Holy Spirit Nursing Home in Sioux City at the age of 79. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe as a toddler, Dan Brown, John "Jay" Brown and Don Brown; sisters, Mary Ann Linhart and Madeline Goodmanson.

He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Helen Brown of Emmetsburg and Mary Brown of Gilbert, AZ; several nieces and nephews; as well as other relatives and many friends.

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