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Robert K. Brown

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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, Robert K. Brown passed away Nov. 15, 2021, in Albuquerque, NM., at the age of 86. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Harriet, and four children, Steven Brown of Denver, CO., Carol Hjort and her husband Jeff of Vail, CO., Mark Brown and his wife Jan of Salina, TX., Susan Hugebeck and her husband Tom of Evanston, IL., grandchildren Britteny Clark, Tanner Balzer, Dylan Brown, Rebakah Brown, and Schaefer Hugebeck, along with four beautiful great grandchildren Maddyn, Mila, Brenden and Addison.

Bob was born to Harry and Edna Brown on Jan. 21, 1935, in Oklahoma City. They later settled in Albert Lea, MN., where Bob enjoyed an idyllic childhood surrounded by dogs, ponies, and a pet squirrel. Bob met Harriet while in high school, married the love of his life soon after graduation, and began to build a family together.

After attending McAlister University and the University of Minnesota, Bob joined the Air Force. While serving in the Korean War, he discovered his love of aviation. With his keen mind and passion for all things mechanical, Bob studied further at the Spartan School of Aeronautics, finishing tops in his class. This launched Bob into a highly successful, 30 year career with Continental Airlines, eventually becoming the Director of Operations at the Houston International Airport. Bob’s work ethic kept him in aviation for many more years. While living in Roswell, N.M., he learned he was one of the oldest FAA inspectors, renewing his license at age 78.

Bob had many interests including, love of animals, tinkering, politics, auto racing, sports, golf, and most of all, his family and friends. His garden in Conroe, TX was award winning. He volunteered with the Montgomery County Sheriffs, became a realtor, and learned to be a gunsmith. He was busy until the end.

Bob was a mentor to many, a true friend, and a man who loved the Lord. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Marjorie Brown-Pihlhofer, son-in-law Chip Hugebeck, sister-in-law Judy Kuklow, and brother-in-law Perry Mike Wood.

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May his memory be a blessing to all that knew and loved him.

A memorial has been scheduled for Tuesday at 1:00, Nov. 23, 2021, at First United Methodist Church, 200 N Pennsylvania Ave. Roswell, NM 88201.

In Bob’s honor, donations can be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship Fund at First United Methodist Church, 200 N Pennsylvania Ave, Roswell NM 88201 or Community Kitchen at 114 E Bland Street, Roswell, New Mexico 88203

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