David John Brown,
John Brown was born to eternal life on Oct. 22, 2013, at the age of 76
in his home in Cedarburg. A celebration of David’s life will be held at
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton today, Oct. 29, 2013, at 5 pm.
Father Steve Lampe of St. Joseph Parish will lead the service.
David was born and grew up in his family home in West Allis. With a
limitless work ethic, David rose to the ranks of manager at the
Milwaukee Journal by the age of 16, working and attending West Allis
Central High School full time. David continued his education at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in accounting, and he became a
certified public accountant in 1963. A devout Catholic, David met the
love of his life, wife Nancy (nee Striegl), while attending Our Lady of
Perpetual Help devotions at St. Therese’s Parish in Milwaukee. They
married in 1966. In 1976, he and Nancy made what David would call one of
their best decisions and moved to the charming city of Cedarburg. David
and Nancy loved the quaint shops and quiet streets of this picturesque
community and were proud to raise all five of their children in this
When David wasn’t being a “bean counter” or “certified paper arranger,”
as he jokingly referred to his honorable profession, he led the life of
a caring family man, an avid golfer and a dangerously good sheepshead
player. David was always ready to meet whatever challenges life had in
store for him, from working accounting miracles with his keen mind for
finance and business, to tackling truly frightening landscaping projects
on the home front.
Upon retirement, David kept his mind and body active, travelling with
Nancy, including taking frequent trips to Northern Wisconsin for fishing
excursions, enjoying an Alaskan cruise, and most recently, a family trip
to Green Lake.
David took immeasurable pride in his five children and their spouses,
Mark (Amy), Steven (Leslie), Scott (Ronda), Lisa (Leo) and Melissa
(Sam). His six grandchildren, Jacob, Isaac, Ryan, Evan, Anna, and Alex,
were unlimited sources of joy for him. He is survived by his loving wife
and best friend of 47 years, Nancy.
Those who knew David, even if only briefly, immediately sensed his
fierce honesty and dedication to upholding all that is right in this
He loved to laugh and entertain others with his elaborate storytelling,
which included colorful descriptions of all the changes he had seen
transpire during his lifetime. Above all, David believed in helping
others, and right up until his passing, David was an active volunteer
for Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County.
To say David will be missed is a falsehood – to say that we will think
of him with every breath we take, now and until the end of our days, is
closer to the truth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee,
Foundation for Religious Retirement, House of Peace, Milwaukee Rescue
Mission or St. Joseph Catholic Church, are appreciated. For online
condolences, please visit
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.