IXONIA

Albert George Brown
March 15, 1931 — Jan. 16, 2015

Albert George Brown, a prolific outdoor sportswriter in southeastern 
Wisconsin, lifelong hunter and fisherman, died on January 16, 2016, at 
his home in Ixonia. He was 84.

Born on March 15, 1931 to Albert and Alvira Brown of Milwaukee, Brown 
grew up in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee and Oconomowoc and spent summers at the 
family farm in Fall River. At age 15, he worked as a skate boy at Silver 
Lake Beach Roller Rink, where he was an accomplished roller skater and 
was paid in tips. He worked on a farm during his early high school 
years, then, as World War II ended, he enlisted in the Wisconsin 
National Guard at age 17, where he was decorated with numerous 
sharpshooter and marksman medals and remained active for 13 years, later 
becoming a recruiter.

Brown answered an ad by the Oconomowoc Enterprise newspaper for an 
apprenticeship and spent nine years there, and that turned into a career 
in the printing business that lasted 46 years.

He began writing a weekly outdoor sports column, with his first column 
appearing in the Oconomowoc Enterprise in February 1953. The column 
chronicled his weekly adventures in nature, sharing his love and 
knowledge of the outdoors, as well as his expertise and experiences 
hunting and fishing. His writing was published in newspapers and 
magazines, including Sports Afield. He was a freelance journalist for 
the Milwaukee Sentinel from the 1960s to 1980s, as well as the Canadian 
Government Travel Bureau, and served as outdoor sports editor for the 
Waukesha Freeman and freelancer for 30 West Magazine. He was president 
of the Oconomowoc Archery Club, the Oconomowoc Sportsman’s Club and a 
hunter safety instructor.

While working at Miller O’Connell Printing of Waukesha for 22 years, he 
also became president and owner of Sportsworld Sporting Goods at the 
former Scotsland Mall in Oconomowoc during the 1970s.

In 1982, Brown became both president and owner of Parker Printing of 
Hartland until he sold the business and retired in 1996.

Throughout his life, the outdoors remained his true passion and he 
resumed his writing career in 1998 when he wrote his first “Tracking the 
Seasons” column for Lake Country Publications. 674 columns later, in 
2013, he retired from writing.

He won numerous awards, but his most cherished was being named ‘Outdoor 
Sports Writer of the Year’ in 2004 by the Wisconsin Chapter of the 
National Wild Turkey Federation.

He loved spending time with his grandchildren and showing them the ways 
of the forests, fields and lakes. Teaching them the fine art of 
convincing a fish to bite was one of his favorite pastimes.

Mr. Brown is survived by his spouse, Anne (nee Jaeckel); his two sons 
from first wife Dolores E. Lapplander, Kerry of Delafield and Kristofor 
(Aurora) of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; five grandchildren, Hunter, 
Harper, Halle, Jakob and Theodore; and his sisters Dian of Green Bay and 
Kathleen of Oconomowoc.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alvira L. Brown, and oldest son, 
Kevin Scott Brown.

Sincere thanks go out to all who cared for Al during his final days.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 31, at 4:00pm with 
arrival starting at 3:30pm at Milford Hills Hunt Club, W5670 French 
Road, Johnson Creek. Hunting and fishing attire is welcome, as Al 
would’ve liked that.

Donations in Albert George Brown’s name made to the Wisconsin Wildlife 
Federation, www.wiwf.org/donate.php, or The Conservation Fund, 
https://community.conservationfund.org/donate., would be appreciated.

Hartson Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 
414-425-9797 or visit online at www.hartsonfuneralhome.com.