Obituary for Arthur K "Art" Brown

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Arthur K "Art" Brown

April 5, 1923 - July 28, 2013

Arthur K. "Art" Brown, age 90 passed away peacefully Sunday evening, July 28, 2013 at his home in Brown County. He was one of the few remaining veterans that served on the U.S.S. Enterprise that received enemy fire during World War II. While serving as a Ship Fitter, Second Class for the United States Navy on The U.S.S. Enterprise, Art was present at the battles of New Guinea, Yap, Falau, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands and many other strikes that his ship made against the enemy. He has been recognized nationally and locally for his heroics and was present for the decommissioning ceremony in Virginia for the current U.S.S. Enterprise Ship that he felt so honored to be a part of in 2012.

Art was born on April 5, 1923 in Manson, IA to the late James S. and Esther (Nettlemeyer) Brown. He was 1942 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School in Iowa. After returning from duty, he helped with his father's business of moving houses in Iowa. But, quickly became bored with the work. He moved to Indiana and was hired at Martin Marietta Materials in Indianapolis, where he was the head of maintenance until his retirement in 1992. Retirement did not make Art idle as he loved the welding trade. He had many unique handmade pieces of his welding art at his residence in Brown County.

Art was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville and was truly a people person. He enjoyed fishing from his dock and would often invite others to join him for a bit of fishing and storytelling. He also enjoyed old fashion western music and dancing.

Art is survived by his children: Kathleen Elizabeth Barnes of Crystal River, FL, Arthur K. Brown Jr. of Tampa, FL, Carl B. Brown of Bloomington & Steven Wayne Adams of Brown County. He will be remembered by his good friend and companion: Patsy Clark of Brown County; sisters: Anna Mae Thomas of Indianapolis & Regina Marie Dye of Elwood; brothers: Donald Brown of Carol, IA, Richard Brown of Ft. Dodge, IA & Bob Brown of Jewel, IA; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Art was preceded in death by his first wife: Elizabeth Rowena Lepley whom he married in 1945 in Ft. Dodge, IA; his second wife: Dorothy Jean Conway, whom he married on August 23, 1969 in Elk Point, SD; four brothers: George William, James Calvin, Howard Bruce & Chester Leroy Brown.

Mr. Ron Higgins of the Salvation Army Church in Nashville will conduct a funeral service Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Expressions of caring and kindness may be sent to the Brown family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: April 5, 1923
Died: July 28, 2013

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Matthew Harris posted on 1/1/00

I just wanted to take a moment and let you know that Arthur met quite a bit to me. I work for Bradley Chevrolet in Franklin, IN. There were many occasions over the last couple of years that he would sit with me and discuss his time on the USS Enterprise. He gave me copies of documents from interviews and showed me many of his awards. Our time spent talking was very interesting. He was a great man that did some amazing things to serve his country. I want you to know that here at Bradley Chevrolet he will be greatly missed. His random visits and laughter is something that can never be replaced. I just wanted you to know that Arthur influenced people outside his normal circle and will be missed by many. I am thankful for those moments that I got to spend with him.