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Richard Dale Brow, 81, of Traverse City, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at his home.
Rich was born on Dec. 6, 1936 in Flint to the late Edward and Loyola (Drow) Brow. He married the love of his life, Velma LaCross, who survives, on June 5, 1956 in Lake Leelanau.
Rich honorably served his country as a Master Sergeant and an Electronics Technician in the United States Air Force. He retired in 1975 after 20 years of service.
After retiring Rich and his family moved to Traverse City, where he built his home. He enjoyed reading, playing golf, fishing, doing crossword puzzles and working on the computer. Above all, spending time with his family was his greatest joy.
Rich is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Velma; two daughters and a son, Lynne (Mark) Martinmaas, Rich (Merry) Brow and Barbara Brow; and a daughter-in-law, Terra Brow. Also surviving are grandchildren, Amber (Jason) Garrett, Joe (Amanda) Nunez, Genna (Bern) Dealy, Faith Martinmaas, Noah Martinmaas, Nicole Brow, Samantha (Jake) Stites, Loren (Jessica) Brow and Rachel Brow; as well as 11 great-grandchildren.
Rich was preceded in death by a son, Steven Brow; a brother, Robert (Laurie) Brow; and a sister, Norma (Bruce) Wood.
A memorial service honoring Rich will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation starting at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. The Rev. Fr. Kenneth Stachnik will officiate. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the United States Air Force, Cherryland VFW Post 2780 and American Legion Post 35.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Rich's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on February 26, 2018
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