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Melvin L. Brown, 93

Melvin L. Brown, age 93, of River Falls, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at River Falls Area Hospital.

He was born in Springfield, Wis., on July 7, 1916, son of Herman and Minnie (Penrud) Brown. Melvin married Mildred Nelson in 1937. After her death, he married the love of his life, Jeanette Anderson, in 1963. Melvin farmed for many of his earlier years in life until 1962, then he started working for the River Falls school system as a custodian and retired at age 65 with 20 years of service.

Melvin loved to fish. He also cut and sold wood until he was 84 years old.

Melvin is survived by a son, Jerry (Sandy) Brown of River Falls; stepson, Jerry (Pat) Anderson of River Falls; stepdaughter, Janice (Duane) Kuschel of Roberts; son-in-law, Neil Wilcoxson; step-daughter-in-law, Sandy Laufer of West Bend, Wis.; 19 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 26 years, Mildred; second wife of 44 years, Jeanette; daughter, Mary Jo Wilcoxson; great-grandson, Anthony Hinkel; one brother; two sisters; and a stepson, Joel Anderson.

Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Hudson with Reverend Brian Ferguson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in River Falls at a later date. Family and friends may come to pay their respects from 1 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at church on Sunday.

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Cashman-Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Service of River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.