RIVERDALE, Mich - Dr. Arthur John ("A.J." or "Jo") Brown, 72, of Riverdale, Mich., passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at MidMichigan Medical Center - Gratiot in Alma, Mich.
He was born Nov. 4, 1940, in Hancock, Mich., the son of John ("Jack") William Brown and Florence (Lamerand) Brown, both of whom preceded him in death. He spent most of his childhood and adult life in Manistique, Mich., and nearby Gulliver and always considered the area his home.
Arthur was a graduate of St. Francis de Sales School and Manistique High School with the Class of 1959. He spent many summers working at the family fishery in Whitefish Point, Mich. However, he chose a different path, and graduated from University of Michigan Dental School in 1966. For two years, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps, stationed in Mainz, Germany. After discharge, Dr. Brown and his colleagues were instrumental in the planning and building of the Manistique Medical and Dental Center where he established a family dentistry practice. He enjoyed playing euchre and bridge, photography, displaying his collection of paintings and prints, and keeping a smile on the face of all who knew him.
Dr. Arthur John Brown
Arthur is survived by his sons, David Arthur Brown of Chicago, Ill., and Brian Keith Brown, of Gladstone, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Michalik) Brown; beloved grandchildren, Alyssa Nicole Brown and (Brian) Tanner Brown; twin brother, Andrew Baxter ("Bo") Brown of Muskegon, Mich.; sisters, (Florence) Jean Brown and Donna Mae (Brown) Kikut of Ypsilanti, Mich.; mother of his sons, Nancy Jo (Dykstra) Brown; along with loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 12 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be directed to Fisher House Foundation which provides a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.