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Robert Lyman 'Bob' Browning -- Rochester

ROCHESTER -- A memorial service for Robert Lyman "Bob" Browning will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Christian Church in Rochester, with the Rev. Chris Morton officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Browning, 77, of Rochester, died Sunday evening (May 11, 2003) at Seasons Hospice in Rochester. He had been ill for three months.

He was born Nov. 17, 1925, in Blue Mound, Ill., and lived in several cities before moving to Rochester. In 1943, he graduated from Rochester High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He served in Hawaii and on several ships in the South Pacific, taking part in three major campaigns.

On Nov. 30, 1946, he married Donna May Sadler. Mr. Browning was an Olmsted County deputy sheriff for 10 years. During that time he set up a record system for that office. He worked at IBM for 29 years, and was manager of security and safety, retiring in May 1986. He served on the boards of PossAbilities and the Ramsey Nursing Home in Des Moines, Iowa, and was on the board of Three Links Care Center in Northfield, Minn.

Mr. Browning was a former Boy Scout, Cub Scout leader, scoutmaster and Explorer advisor. In 1992, he received the Mayor's Award for service to the elderly. He was a 28-year member of the Rochester Odd Fellows Lodge, and was the financial secretary and trustee. He was active in his church, and at the time of his death was Elder Emeritus of the First Christian Church. He enjoyed playing cribbage and collecting antiques and other objects.

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Survivors include his wife, three sons, Thomas, and Steven (Ginger) of Rochester, and Daniel of Lake Zurich, Ill.; five grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby (Hubert) Brent of Pleasantville, Iowa, and Marilyn Engler of Keokuk, Iowa; and two brothers, Ross (Elizabeth) of Sun City, Ariz., and Richard of Arvada, Colo. One sister preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the church one hour before the service on Monday. There will be no reviewal.

Ranfranz &; Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church or Seasons Hospice.

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