MIDDLETON-Anderson Gaëtan Brown, age 92, of Middleton, passed away peacefully at Middleton Village on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, following a short, but decisive battle with lung cancer just four days after his 92nd birthday. He was born Nov. 20, 1920, in Rhinelander, the only child of Raymond Brown of that city, and Marcelle (Bouvry) Brown, formerly of Aix-les-Bains, France. His father’s debilitating illness saw his mother, with 3-year-old Andy, return to France, where he grew up with a large extended family of Bouvrys. He was a member of the Aix Military Classe of 1940 and had enrolled at the University of Grenoble when Germany occupied France. After a hasty, exciting and dangerous escape from France, he rejoined his Free French unit (Bataillon de Choc commando) for action in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Eventually repatriated to the U.S., he was immediately drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Hawaii (AFMIDPAC), but the war ended before he saw action there. After a brief post-war stay in Rhinelander, he moved to Chicago, attended Northwestern University and graduated from the college of Advanced Traffic. After a number of years in traffic management with Lehigh Portland Cement and Keeshin Motor Express, he moved into sales as a manufacturers’ representative, and then became vice president of the Updaters, a small plastics manufacturing company in Elk Grove Village, Ill. He was married in Chicago in 1955, to Faye Larrabee of Racine, who preceded him in death. In 1976, he married Alice Taylor of Madison, who succeeds him. With the exception of eight years in Milwaukee, Andy and Alice made their home in Middleton. Together they have enjoyed many years of tennis, golf, skiing, travels to France and other destinations, and gourmet cooking. In Milwaukee, as a member of the Cercle Français social club, he was an active participant in the International Folk Festival each November. He also enjoyed military history, and read extensively about his dad’s war (WWI) and his own (WWII). Andy was a loving, sensitive, loyal person, with a whimsical sense of humor. He closely embraced his French heritage and still spoke fluent French. He was also immensely proud of his American roots (11th generation of his father’s side.)
He will be missed by a large contingent of relatives and friends both in this country and in France.
Andy’s final days were made comfortable by the attentive and compassionate staffs at Meriter Hospital, Middleton Village Nursing, and Agrace HospiceCare.
According to his wishes, no services are planned at this time, though private memorial services will take place at a future date. A toast with good wine would make him happy.
According to his wishes, no services are planned at this time, though private memorial services will take place at a future date.
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