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Donald M. BROWN

February 18, 1941 ~ October 19, 2021 (age 80)

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Donald Marvin Brown, age 80 of Genesee Depot. Don was born February 18, 1941 in Danville, Illinois. He grew up in Danville and played varsity basketball and football in high school. He attended his freshman college year in Kansas City, Missouri and then went on to U.W. Superior graduating in 1964 with an economics degree.


He always wanted to live in Chicago so he took a job as an accountant with Western Electric (a subsidiary of ATT). Two years later he was drafted into the Marie Corps and served his country from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The base was crowded so he chose to live off base on Topsail Island in Surf City, North Carolina. A great experience!


Don married his wife, Jackie (Aul), in 1962 and they were together 59 years. He leaves behind twin daughters born in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jill Suzanne (Pawel) Galazka of Oshkosk and Elizabeth Johanna (Eric) Vosburg of Middleton.


Don “Poppy” leaves 6 fabulous grandchildren- Gavin Galazka, Naples, Florida;

Jackie Galazka, Washington D.C.; Jane Galazka, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Emily, Katherine, and Jonathon Vosburg, Middleton and Madison.


He also leaves his sister, Anita K. Brown if Cape Coral, Florida;

Brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Patricia Aul, of Boulder Junction and William and Nancy Aul of San Diego, California.


He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas and his parents, John M. Brown and Doris (Berry) Brown.


He also leaves behind lots of good friends who will miss him on the golf course and at the coffee house! He was a fun person with a great sense of humor. He was an avid reader working on a list of 100 classic novels.


After the Marine Corps he took a job with a CPA firm and then after a year, Don moved on to be the business manager of the Left Guard Corp. in Appleton. His bosses were Max McGee and Fuzzy Thurston. When the Left Guard ended, he started his own business- Brown Business Services and then went on to Marcus Corp (Big Boy) and moved to Waukesha. He finished his work life as an accountant with a CPA firm, Smrecek and Co., Pewaukee.


There will be a time of gathering at 9:30 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways D and 83 in Genesee Depot, with a Mass of Christian burial at 10 AM Tuesday, November 2nd. Lunch to follow at the Broadlands Golf Course, North Prairie. 


In lieu of other expressions of sympathy memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project or Children’s Golf Program (


For those unable to attend, those wishing to share a memory or those wanting to just sign the on-line guest registry, please click the "Share A Memory" link below Don's name.  

Thelen Funeral Services of North Prairie/Genesee is honored to be assisting the Brown family.  262-392-4251







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Memorial Visitation
November 2, 2021

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Paul's Catholic Church
S38w31602 Wern Way
Waukesha, Wi 53189

Mass of Christian Burial
November 2, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Paul's Catholic Church
S38w31602 Wern Way
Waukesha, Wi 53189

November 2, 2021

12:00 PM
Broadlands Golf Club

North Prairie, WI

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