Robert E (Bud) Brown

Bud Brown FINAL

Robert E (Bud) Brown
September 8, 1930 to November 6, 2020

Bud Brown passed peaceably at Kingswood Health Center with his wife Dodie and daughter Melissa by his side. Bud was born to Forest and Florine Reese Brown. Bud graduated 1949 from Shawnee Mission Rural High School, attended the University of Kansas and was a Sigma Nu.

In 1951 he enlisted in the US Naval Reserve serving as a commissioned officer. He was an aviator LTJG, Patrol Squadron Three and was awarded the National Defense Medal. Honorably discharged in 1955 he returned to the KC area where he met his future wife junior high music teacher. His mother knew this was serious when he came home from work one day to quickly change clothes to attend a PTA meeting at her school. She was right that relationship lasted 63 years. They had two daughters, Jennifer Brown Harnick and Melissa Katherine Cooper (Garrett) and five grandchildren, Katherine, Robert, Reese Harnick and Maggie, Dean Cooper. They were the delight of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Marilyn Brunson. Bud was definitely a family man, kind gentle and sweet with many friends as his Bud’s Buddies could testify. He served on the vestry and membership chairman at his church. He was a real estate agent and board president. Multi-talented he loved swimming, dancing, drawing, telling jokes, and flew hot air balloons.


The family will have a service in the spring

Memorial Contributions

Donations may be made to the church or Kansas City Community Foundation, acknowledging Bud and Dodie Brown Theatre Scholarship. 9229 Foster, OP KS 66212. He will be greatly missed.


  1. Andrew and Stephanie Jones on November 18, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. We fondly remember Bud visiting his daughter and grandkids in Pagosa and Steamboat. He sure loved his grandkids and we loved riding the soapbox car he made for them .
    Sending your family prayers at this time

  2. Michael & Karen Sharpe on November 16, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Dodie, Jennifer and Melissa,

    our sincere condolences. Bud was such a gentleman. I know he was loved and will be missed by so many. Hugs and prayers.

  3. Scott Kennedy on November 16, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    Many warm memories of Bud back in the days of Leawood Country Club. Prayers to the entire family from the Kennedy family.

  4. Bill and Janine Gough/Allen on November 16, 2020 at 10:46 am

    We will always remember Bud’s wonderful stories and that infectious smile. What a sweetheart he was.

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