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Ronald "Brownie" Brown

July 20, 1956 ~ October 29, 2020 (age 64)


As a result of current restrictions on gatherings, we are providing HeartStrings, our online sympathy message where you can upload a photo and write a note or share a memory that will be printed and given to the family. Please click here to send your support.


Ronald “Brownie” Brown, age 64 of Cottage Grove, passed away peacefully on October 29, 2020 at his home under the care of hospice, surrounded by those he loved.

Ron loved everything outdoors, hunting, fishing, golf and gardening.  For 35 years he enjoyed the annual trip to Canada (Tinker).  Also enjoyed Ice Fishing at Beacon Harbor Resort, where is was John and Ann Westphal’s very first customer at Upper Red Lake.  He was a 42 year employee at The Rexam/Ball plant.

His amazing smile and hearty laugh will be missed by many.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents John and Laurice Brown and brother Roger Brown.  He is survived by two sons, Matt (Sara) and Jason (Michael); grandchildren Isabella, Dylan and Ryder.  He is also survived by his loving girlfriend Sandy who cared for him in such an amazing way, as well as, Jayne Modrynski Brown; brothers Robert (Kim) and Rodney (Susan); step-children Molly, Mindy and Mark, nieces and nephews and countless friends, and his fur baby cats.

Sandy Olson would like to thank everyone for helping her through this difficult time, Sandy Thurk, Chris and Barb Denkinger, Mark and Karen Wincentsen, Gary and Shari Schwartz, Jayne Brown, Steve and Deb Hubbard for helping with cabin at Elmwood Resort.

Memorial gathering for friends and family will be 4-8 pm, Sunday, November 8th at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th Street S., Cottage Grove. Masks will be REQUIRED while in the funeral home facility.

“Hooper drives the boat Chief”

When he met someone new, he would shake their hand and say “I have three rules, don’t steal my stuff, don’t lie to me and don’t puke on my shoes”



While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings while abiding to a 50% capacity at the facility. The use of face masks by attendees is required at indoor events, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep your families safe. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available on the obituary portion on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute once it becomes available or complete the HeartStrings online sympathy page with the link above.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ronald "Brownie" Brown, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Gathering
November 8, 2020

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Kok Funeral Home - Cottage Grove
7676 - 80th Street S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

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