In loving memory of

July 23, 1945 - August 30, 2021

Robert John Brown, age 76, of Gwinn, passed away August 30, 2021 at U.P. Health System- Marquette after a brief illness.

Robert was born on July 23, 1945 in Hudson, MI, to the late Walter and Ella (Tenniswood) Brown. He married the former Norma Klaty on September 19, 1969.

Robert and Norma resided in Valley Forge, PA until Robert was discharged from the U.S. Army in December of 1970. At that time, they moved to Bay City, MI where he joined his brother-in-law's family business working in the plumbing, heating and construction fields. In August of 1978, Robert and Norma moved to the Marquette area and then moved to their current home in 1980. He continued to work in the plumbing, heating and construction fields until his retirement.

Robert chose to serve the Lord in his teens and stayed true to that calling all of his life. His greatest joy in life was having fellowship with others of like faith. He enjoyed having an open home where family, friends and neighbors were free to come anytime and he was always delighted to lend a helping hand.

Robert is survived by his wife, Norma Brown; two daughters, Sheri (Dan) Cornwell and Jill (Wade) Woods; four grandchildren, Sidney, Kinsey, Jody and Travis Cornwell; brother, Edwin (Mary) Brown; sister, Mabel (Lyle) Newberry; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his brother, Don Brown; and two sisters, Lula Brown and Ruth Klaty.

Family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 3 until 4:30 p.m. at Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Marquette. A funeral service will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Robert's funeral service will be livestreamed at Burial will take place at the Washington Township Cemetery in Carsonville, MI.

Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Brown family where memories and condolences may be shared at


Darcy Littich wrote on Sep 10, 2021:

"Norma, Jill, Sheri and families, I am so sorry for your loss.. you have always been great friends and neighbors. My prayers are with all of you. Love, Darcy"

John Lougheed wrote on Sep 10, 2021:

"Dear Norma, Jill, Sherry and Families Sending thoughts, love and prayers at this time. Many fond memories of our times together. Love John and Jennie Lougheed "

David Kallio wrote on Sep 10, 2021:

"I only knew Bob briefly, as he and his son-in-law worked on the transfer station office building. I have to say, his demeanor, his personality, his quality of work, and professionalism were unmatched. He had a peace about him that I admired. From a distance, I can say that he appeared to be a very good man with a very good family. It?s tough to lose such a special man. My condolences to his friends and family for their loss. May the memories of this special man help you through this difficult time. David Kallio"

Sally VanSickle wrote on Sep 9, 2021:

"Robert- as cousins, we pushed cars, motorcycles, we have wept together, laughed until we fell off the sofa, carried diaper bags, sat in back row baby land, went sledding, built snowmen, shared countless antics, shared heartfelt fellowship & countless meals, celebrated life events, we grieved together, we talked often, and most of all, Robert was one of a kind, ?true blue? guy! Clint & Sally VanSickle- Bay City, MI"

Stephen and Lornagail Myers wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Good fellowship and memories that last beyond the grave. Loved his smile and genuine warmth. "

Nancy W Palmer wrote on Sep 8, 2021:

"Deepest condolences to the family and friends. Tom and Nancy Palmer"