Bert Brown, 87, passed away peacefully at home on April 22, 2019.
He was born June 16, 1931 to Ben and Bertha Brown of Billings. It was during the depression years and the family moved a lot seeking work. He went to 7 different grade schools in Billings, then on to schools in Columbus, Livingston, Anaconda, and Laurel where he graduated in 1949.
He was drafted into army in 1951 – trained in the infantry at Camp Roberts, California, preparing for combat in Korea – but wound up as a POW guard at numerous camps in Korea. He was involved in operation Big Switch – the exchange of POWs in the DMZ zone – before returning home in October of 1953 for release from active duty.
After a number of seasonal and get-no-where jobs, he chose security over wealth and hired on as a letter carrier with the old Post Office Department
In the spring of 1956, he met the girl of his dreams (Laura Ann Walton). She didn’t smoke, drink, or dance, but she loved fishing. They were married on January 17, 1958 and enjoyed years of fishing before having two boys, Michael in 1966 and David in 1968.
He retired from the USPS in July of 1986 with 31 years of service. He enjoyed his remaining years with his family and was grateful to have received more retirement checks than paychecks.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, three grandchildren, two sisters (Lola and Stella), and various nieces and nephews. At his request, no services will be held.