Longtime NV attorney Bob Brown dies at the age of 85
One of North Vernon's preeminent attorneys-at-law for nearly a half a century, Robert "Bob" Brown, died Tuesday at the age of 85 in Hanover.
Born and raised in North Vernon, Brown had a 47-year career in law, all of it except two months in Jennings County, until his retirement in June 2010.
"It is a very rewarding profession," Brown told The Sun shortly before his retirement. "I like helping people with their legal problems."
He handled criminal and civil cases, and occasionally corporate cases during his career. He represented "four or five people" charged with murder, Brown told The Sun when he retired, and got two of them acquitted.
Brown was well respected by fellow attorneys and judges, including current Jennings County Circuit Court Judge Jon Webster.
"Bob was a successful attorney and one of the last from the class of 'old school' attorneys," Webster said. "He was always one for a good story with a good sense of humor."
For 43 years, Brown's law office was located downtown on East Walnut Street next to what is now the Carnegie Government Center. A picture of Purdue Pete hung in the front window. Brown was a proud alumnus of Purdue University and was a dedicated fan of Boilermaker football and basketball teams.
He was an athlete himself, playing for both the basketball and football teams at North Vernon High School. He later was a standout in men's softball at the North Vernon City Park where he played for Connaughton Chevrolet, the Ezzo Packers and other clubs, making his mark as an infielder on the legendary Capital Field.
Brown lived all of his life in North Vernon until two years ago, except for his time in the U.S. Navy and his time at college and law school.
Robert "Bob" Joseph Brown passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.
Born Feb. 23, 1932, in North Vernon, he was the son of Chester and Catherine (Bott) Brown.
Mr. Brown was a 1950 graduate of North Vernon High School, and attended Purdue University, the University of Pittsburgh, Tulane University and then the University of Louisville, where he earned his law degree.
He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Eagles Lodge and Saint Mary's Catholic Church in North Vernon. He enjoyed traveling and going to horse racing tracks.
He is survived by five daughters, LuAnn Mathes of Hanover, Pam Brown of North Vernon, Nancy Anker-Wright and her husband, Dustin, of West Lafayette, and Barb Corns and Brenda Brown, both of Lafayette; a brother, Tim Brown and his wife, Tammy, of North Vernon; 13 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Juli Gunther; a brother, David Brown; a sister, Susie Brown; a grandson, Tony Larkins, and his former wife, Mary Jean Peterson.
A celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the Willow Lake Event Center in North Vernon.
Lytle Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, 117 Holt Drive, Madison, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at lytlefuneralhomes.com.
Posted: Monday, January 1, 2018
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Kim (Calli) HIatt
So very sorry to see Bob pass. He was a wonderful, intelligent, witty man and my Dad's best friend. My heart goes out to his grieving family.
Posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017
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