Rodney Gene Brown passed away peacefully at his home in Deer Lodge surrounded by his loving family on October 1, 2022.
Rod was born on February 7, 1958, in Deadwood, South Dakota to Ralph and Verna Brown. The family moved to Deer Lodge when Rod was in the second grade.
Rod married the love of his life Mary Pat Morris on May 26, 1979. They shared 43 years of marriage before his passing.
Rod and Mary Pat were blessed with three wonderful children, Tricia, Mike and Krissy. Rod had many jobs throughout his life, but the career that chose him was logging, which he did for over 43 years. He was often referred to as “Super Saw”, a nickname that was truly fitting for this amazing man.
Rod was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a very proud and faithful member of the Catholic Church that he joined 9 years ago. He also loved to golf and spend time at his favorite place, “The Cabin” with his family gathering firewood, sitting around the campfire, 4 wheeling and riding snow machines. Building the cabin at Georgetown was a true labor of love for his family.
Family was Rod’s true passion and he loved them fiercely. There wasn’t a better husband, dad and pa out there. He attended all of his children’s extracurricular activities as well as his grandchildren’s. He was a friend to many and would have given the shirt off of his back to anyone. The world was a better place with Rod in it and he will be truly missed.
Rod is survived by his wife, Mary Pat Brown, his children Tricia Witt (Darrell), Mike Brown of Deer Lodge, and Krissy Petersen (Jeremiah), of Missoula. His brothers Randy Brown (Marie), Ron Brown, sisters Teresa Launderville (Joe), Karen Knutson all of Deer Lodge. Pam Duffy (Roy) of Anaconda, and Janice Brown of Elliston. Also survived by his brother in law Gene Morris.
Grandchildren: Brett and Taryn Witt, Jacob, Michael and Kobe Brown, Kaylee McQueary, Joe Lowery and Maysa Petersen. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Verna Brown, his sister Virginia Gilcrest, and his in laws Mike and Barbara Morris.
Words cannot express how much Pa will be missed; we love you so much!!
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 605 Clark St., Deer Lodge, MT 59722. A Vigil will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. at the church. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6th at the church with a luncheon to follow at the St. Mary’s Center, 301 St. Mary’s Ave in Deer Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Rod are suggested to the Deer Lodge Food Pantry, 101 Milwaukee Ave., Deer Lodge, MT 59711, or to Toys For Tots (Powell County), 1115 Claggett St, Deer Lodge, MT 59722, or to a foundation of the donor’s choice.
Please visit www.longfellowfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Rod.