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Obituary: Brown, Kenneth Everett


Ming Yee Chen

Brown, Kenneth Everett

Kenneth Everett Brown was born in Middletown, Connecticut on October 11, 1944 and grew up in East Hartford with his parents Otto and Ethel Schwitzer, and his siblings, Earlene and Frank. As a young boy, Ken loved sports especially football, basketball and bowling and enjoyed hanging out with his siblings and friends. Even at a young age, he understood the value of hard work as he delivered newspapers, shoveled snow and did yard work for neighbors. He also shared his time with his church where he sang in the choir and volunteered as a summer camp counselor.

After graduating from East Hartford High School, Ken went on to proudly serve his country as a Combat Engineer in the Vietnam War. He received several commendation medals and was an expert rifleman. Ken reflected upon his service often and was very proud that he had the opportunity to serve the country he loved so much. Upon his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, he moved to the Washington D.C. area where he met his loving wife Brenda of 54 years. They married and resided in Greenbelt, Maryland with their three children, Robert, Kristine, and Rachelle.

Ken was an extremely hard working, dedicated man who shared his technical expertise as a machinist at Halpro, Inc., a precision manufacturing company in Rockville, Maryland for forty years. He was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Hugh of Grenoble Catholic Church. He was a very giving man and spent much of his time supporting his family and his community. Ken was a volunteer for the local Boy Scout Troop 1253, Springhill Lake Little League Baseball, Springhill Lake Swim Team, and the Polka Belles and Beaus in College Park. He was a member of the Polish National Alliance, the American Legion in Greenbelt and the College Park Moose Association.

Ken was a man of simple pleasures who could find happiness in the subtleness of special moments – enjoying a hot cup of coffee or a hearty meal, chatting with a neighbor, listening to all types of music from Elvis to classical symphony. He and Brenda enjoyed attending operas at the University of Maryland and visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine. He cherished each moment with his grandchildren and had a special unique bond with each of them. His absolute favorite past-time was cheering on the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Redskins, as his passion and loyalty never wavered over the years.

Kenneth E. Brown, devoted husband and father, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022, in Solomons, Maryland. He is survived by his wife, his three children, and his six grandchildren, Kevin, Tyler, Bryan, Dylan, Jenavieve, and William.

He was a kind man whose outgoing, witty personality was larger than life. His smiling eyes, humor and warm nature lit up a room. He was a beloved member of the community and if your paths crossed, you were his friend. Ken was a man of strong character whose life and love touched many. His lessons of Faith, Family and Service, were taught through his actions and will live on for generations.

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