Michel Roy Brown

  • Born: April 6, 1948
  • Died: January 14, 2020
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Michel "Mike" Roy Brown, 71 of Battle Creek died at home with his family at his side on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.

Mike was born April 6, 1948 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Charles Archer and Doris Mildred (Walker) Brown. He grew up in the Battle Creek area and attended Olivet High School. At the age of 16, Mike enlisted in the US Army and honorably served his country as a mechanic in Korea. He received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Rifle Marksman Badge. Mike loved auto mechanics; repairing, restoring, and driving all types of vehicles. Mike owned and operated Nunn's Repair on Verona Road until its closing in 1998. He was employed at several area businesses throughout his lifetime, but they always involved driving or repairing vehicles of some sort, semi-trucks for Behnke's, tow trucks for multiple towing companies; asphalt trucks for AIM asphalt; transporting new vehicles for Freedom Motors and an owner-operator for Jayco Travel Trailers delivering all over the country, including Alaska.

Mike was formerly married to Dawn Marie Carr (deceased) and Carol Ann Rarick. Mike was involved with Lorraine Marie Eggleston since 1996, resulting in marriage on August 18, 2004. Surviving are his wife, Lorraine; five children, Jeffrey Brown, Bryan (Catie) Brown, Nicholas Brown, Mikayla Brown, and Tyler Brown all of Battle Creek; seven grandchildren; three siblings, Juanita "Skeeter" (Steve) Doty and Tyria (Ernie Burress) Brown all of Battle Creek and Mark (Vicky) Brown of Houghton Lake, Michigan; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Mike was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Fred and Rocky Brown and a stepdaughter, Shari Lyn Doonan.

Mike was a family man, he loved his children and enjoyed cheering for and participating in their activities, watching band and choir performances; cheering for football, baseball, soccer, and swimming events; and participating in pick up tackle football games. Mike enjoyed classic car shows and swap meets, with a special love for 1966 GTOs. He was an avid motorcyclist and cycled all over the USA with friends and family. In retirement, he began fishing with his father-in-law and it evolved into a yearly salmon fishing trip with his father-in-law and daughter. He also loved to just jump in his RV and start a new adventure.
Interment with full military honors presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and the Fort Custer Honor Guard will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mike may be made to the local Shriners Club. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I'll always remember the Sunday morning fishing on Fine Lake. You will be greatly missed.

Posted by William (Bill) Eggleston - Free Soil, MI - Family   January 20, 2020

We haven't seen each other in a few years, but i remember all the crazy things we did. Probably the craziest thing was to go on a Canadian fishing weekend after bowling, and not being able to share some of the crazy stories that I cannot share here. But, let's just say, it was interesting and fun.
Going to miss you my old friend.

Posted by Tom Hankinson - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   January 16, 2020

I'm at a complete loss of words. Uncle Mike's passing has affected myself and this Family deeply. He was very loved and will be forever missed. My heart and prayers go out to Aunt Lauri and all five of my amazing cousins. I love you all! It's not goodbye...just see ya later!

Posted by Jodie Shroll - Hilton Head Island, SC - Family   January 15, 2020

Uncle Mike, I miss you already. We all do. I hope you know how much you are loved. It doesn't seem real but we know that it is. Just your presence made me feel safe, and calm. You were my rock, I knew you would be there, you always were.
My heart is broken even as I write this, tears are running down my face. But I know you are at peace now. No more pain, and I pray you can smile again. Your body gave out on you, but your love stayed strong. You left us all so many good memories, I think that's why its so hard to let you go.
Thank you for being you, thank you for the unconditional love, thank you for the comfort you gave me all these years. Now my comfort lies in the fact that you are no longer hurting.
You always kept your word, so I know that you gave Grandma that hug from me. Don't get your wings dirty working on that GTO up in the clouds...send me a butterfly in the Spring.. Uncle Fred and Uncle Rocky both did. to let me know your ok.
Until we meet again,, I love you Uncle Mike.

Posted by Sheila DeBriome - Battle Creek, MI - Family   January 15, 2020