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 Berton Allen Brown

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Berton Allen Brown

  • Birth 30 Jan 1929 Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 12 Aug 2009 Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Rock Falls, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 41046100

Berton Allen Brown, 80, of Manly, died Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at the Muse-Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

A funeral service for Berton will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at the Old Stone United Methodist Church, 1 Jackson Street West, Rock Falls, with Reverend Wendy Johannesen and Reverend Jim Turner officiating. Burial will be in the Rock Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 17, 2009, at the Bride Colonial Chapel, 110 East Spring Street, Manly. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to service time on Tuesday at the church.

The family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, that those wishing to give a memorial may wish to consider contributions to Hospice of North Iowa or to the Dialysis Unit at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City in his memory.

Berton Allen Brown was born on January 30, 1929, in Mason City, the son of Theodore and Marjorie (Morse-Brown)Kimbley. He attended school in Rock Falls and graduated from Idaho Springs, CO high school in 1948. Berton enlisted into the U.S. Air Force and served his country honorable until his discharge. He was united in marriage to Betty Kittleman on September 2, 1951 in Cadillac, MI. After their marriage, Berton worked for the Iowa State Highway Commission in Mason City until 1958. Berton attended Barber College in Denver, CO before moving to Prescott, WI in 1965 where he owned and operated his own barbershop until selling it in 1985. Berton then became employed by True Value Hardware Store in Hastings, MN, and retired at the age of 63. Berton also built several homes during his life.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and tinkering.

He was a member of the Old Stone United Methodist Church in Rock Falls.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife; Betty Brown of Manly, his children; Lori Sandvig of Prescott, WI, Steve Brown and special friend, Diane LaRue of Prescott, WI, Michael Brown and his wife Delene of River Falls, WI, and Timothy Brown and his fiancé Erin Westby of Menomonie, WI, his grandchildren; Nathan, Jason, and Aric Sandvig, Paul, Joseph Berton, Matthew, Cody Allen, and Samantha Brown, his brother; Stanley Brown and his wife Glenita of Rock Falls, his sister; Marjorie Rippentrop and her husband Nyle of Rock Falls, and other extended family members and friends, including his dog Sparkey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Theodore Brown and Marjorie Kimbley, step-father; Hurley Kimbley, son-in-law; Mark Sandvig, a granddaughter; Jennifer Sandvig, his brother; Bob Brown, and his beloved dog; Buster.

The family would like to express their appreciation and a special thanks to all who gave Berton such special care during his life.

Bride Colonial Chapel: (641) 454-2242





  • Created by: Diane Zabel
  • Added: 23 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41046100
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Berton Allen Brown (30 Jan 1929–12 Aug 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41046100, citing Rock Falls Cemetery, Rock Falls, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Diane Zabel (contributor 46890112) .