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