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Gust Brown

Nov. 3, 1927-March 19, 2012

Gust U. Brown, 84, of rural Frazee, died Monday March 19, 2012 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Gust Underwood Brown was born the son of Clarence and Rose (Olson) Brown on November 3, 1927 in Detroit Lakes, Becker County. He grew up in Detroit Lakes and attended the Washington Grade School and Holmes High School. He was confirmed at First Lutheran Church by Rev. I.O. Jacobson.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from Oct. 10, 1945 to Nov. 3, 1948, in the Pacific Campaign. He served on three atomic bomb tests at Enewetok Atoll, Virgin Islands (Pacific Proving Grounds) in the spring of 1948. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from Nov. 17, 1953 to August 2, 1955.

Gust married Fern Nelson of Pelican Rapids on December 18, 1959 in St. Paul, where they made their home until December of 1963. In January of 1964 they moved to their present home in rural Frazee, where they have resided since. He worked as a construction laborer until becoming employed as a school bus driver with Schultz Bus Company in 1972 and retiring in May of 1998. He also farmed.

Surviving Gust are his wife, Fern; children, Daniel (Vicki) Burdick of Hibbing, Minn., Nicky Miranda of Yuma, Colo., Carl (Cindy) Brown of Otis, Colo., and Sam (Barbara) Graton of Yuma; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Denver Brown of Richwood; sister, Donna Mae Bigger of Detroit Lakes; and the mothers of his children, Ruby Burdick of Hibbing and Zelda (Leonard) Graton of Yuma.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Daniel and Donald; daughter-in-law, Alice Brown; grandchildren, Michelle and Chuck Brown; sister-in-law, Mae Brown; and brother-in-law, Delwone Bigger.

Memorial services are set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the First Lutheran Church in Detroit Lakes, with visitation one hour prior to services. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the messages of sympathy section at