Douglas B.‘ Bart’ Brown

Jan. 25, 1929 – March 20, 2011

Douglas B. "Bart" Brown, 82, of Oconomowoc, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, surrounded by family at Angels-Grace Hospice.

He was the son of Clarence W. and Irma Brown (nee Connor), born in Fargo, N.D., on Jan. 25, 1929, and lived in Decorah, Iowa, St. Paul, Minn., and Omaha, Neb., before moving to Oconomowoc during the summer of 1936.

Bart is survived by his children, Debra (Dr. Robert) Krieger of Hartland, Diana (Bruce) Huibregtse of Madison and Scott (Jenny) Brown of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Gretchen Krieger, Eliott Krieger, William Krieger, Jamie Huibregtse, Brooke Huibregtse, Morgan Huibregtse, Kyle Brown, Jackie Brown and Emma Brown; brother, Bruce (Jo) Brown of Oconomowoc; special friend, Lucille Bendfelt of Oconomowoc; ex-wife, Marilyn Brown; along with other relatives and friends.

Bart was preceded in death by his second wife, Janet E. Brown, and sister, Nancy Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo.

Bart was a 1946 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After serving his country, he returned to Oconomowoc to work for his father at the Oconomowoc Enterprise. He won many state and some national honors for his sports pages as well as for his photography. During his leadership as editor, the Enterprise earned many top state awards for General Excellence. Bart retired after 53 years with the company.

He was active in all aspects of the community. Bart was the first chairman to exceed the goal as head of the Oconomowoc Area United Way Fund Drive. He was president of many organizations, including the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Club, which he was a member of for more than 50 years, the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund, the Oconomowoc Breakfast Toastmasters Club (he won the club’s "speaker of the year" award three years in a row) and a school board lay advisory committee.

 Bart directed the Oconomowoc Methodist Church choir for nearly 20 years and remained a member until his health forced him out. He served his church in other capacities, including church attendance every week. He even wrote and published the church’s monthly newsletter with the help of his wife, Janet.

Bart touched the hearts of all who knew him. He will be deeply missed and forever in the hearts of those who loved him.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Thursday, March 24, at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 209 W. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc. Interment will be at LaBelle Cemetery in Oconomowoc following the service.

Memorials are suggested to the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund or to Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.