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Dr. Edward Brown

June 3, 1924 ~ January 1, 2022 (age 97)


Dr. Edward Leo Brown, 97, of Aberdeen, SD, passed peacefully in his sleep in his home on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m., Friday, January 7, 2022, at Sacred Heart Church, Aberdeen, SD with Father David Janes officiating.

The burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.  Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at

Visitation is 5-7 p.m., Thursday, at the mortuary with a liturgical wake and rosary at 7 p.m.  Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church.

Ed was born on June 3, 1924, in Conde, SD to Paul and Hazel (Klapperich) Brown. Edward was the middle son of three siblings: eldest sister, Leone (Henjum) Brown, and younger brother Marvin Brown. Ed grew up in the farming community of Conde, attended school, and eventually graduated from Conde High School.

In 1944, Ed joined the United States Navy and was assigned to the 134th Truck Driving Battalion Seabees and later reassigned as a photographer to the 139th Seabees Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was stationed in Okinawa.

After completing his military service, Ed attended Creighton University and studied dentistry, where he met Ruth Marie Monroe. The two dated and fell in love. After graduating from Creighton University, Ed and Ruth were married at Holy Hill Basilica in Hubertus, WI. The two settled in Aberdeen, SD where Ed spent 52 years practicing as a dentist and raised a family with Ruth.

Outside of his dental practice, Ed was devoted to Sacred Heart Parish and a founding member of the Adoration Prayer group at St. Luke’s Hospital. Ed’s passion for gardening was well known throughout the community. He and Ruth loved tending to vegetable and flower gardens, and he could often be found in a straw hat and cowboy boots working at their cabin on Mina Lake. Ed was an avid hunter and fisherman, and throughout his younger years, he taught his sons to hunt, fish, and respect the outdoors. He and Ruth planned annual hunting trips for deer and antelope and enjoyed playing bridge with lifelong friends.

Grateful for having shared Ed’s life are his loving wife, Ruth; his children: Margaret (Ron), Michael, David (Barbara), and Michael (Trish); his brother, Marvin (Doris); grandchildren: Brandon (Randi), Alyssa, Josh (Megan), Jordan (Scott), and Jonathan; great-grandchildren: Alex, Bailey, Kamden, Kendall, Dez, Rue, Ashyr, Elizabeth, Kaitlyn, Natalia, Drayden, Kingston, Quinn, and Madden; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was proceeded in death by his parents, Paul and Hazel Brown; son, Larry; sister, Leone; and brother-in-law, Melvin.

‘See you in Heaven…’ “Ed, Dad, Grandpa” ♡

The family prefers memorials to Roncalli Foundation, the address is 1400 N. Dakota St., Aberdeen, SD 57401. or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the address is 409 3rd Ave SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401.

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January 6, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary & Crematory
414 5th Ave NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

January 6, 2022

7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary & Crematory
414 5th Ave NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Mass of Christian Burial
January 7, 2022

10:30 AM
Aberdeen (Sacred Heart Church)

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