Russell Brown

April 14th

Russell Gregory Brown, age 67 of Warsaw, Indiana passed away on Friday, March 31, 2023 at home. He was born on April 25, 1955 the son of Russell Paul and Mary Frances (Walker) Brown in Anderson, Indiana. On April 25, 1996 he married Kathryn Van Ness.

He is survived by his wife Kathryn Brown of Warsaw, three children Josh Russell (Amanda) Brown of Warsaw, Katrina Van Ness of San Marcos, CA, and Morgan (Charles) Pettigrew of Barbee Lake; eleven grandchildren, Deon Van Ness, Huntter Van Ness, Megan (Austin) Richardson, Whitney Miller, Hannah Van Ness, Breanna Brown, Holly Wood, Hazel Wood, Hope Wood, Harmony Wood, Parker Wood; four great-grandchildren, Wyatt Miller, Kirsten Richardson, Kayden Richardson, and Hendrix Van Ness. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Debra Wilson.

Russell grew up in Anderson and moved to North Webster as a teenager. He graduated from Wawasee High School and went on to serve his country honorably in the Marines during Vietnam. Russell owned and operated Sunrise Roofing and Tile Company in Florida for many years and then owned and operated Brown Trucking until he retired in 2018. He was a longtime member of the North Webster American Legion, Post 253. As an avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish, hunt, boat, and had a passion for being on the ocean. He was also an incredible golfer, winning numerous tournaments over the years and landing a hole in one in 2018.  Above all else, Russell loved The Lord and was a devoted family man. He never met a stranger and left everyone he came in contact with feeling better. He was the constant rock in his family.

A celebration of Russell’s life will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 4pm at Eastlund Funeral Home, 7458 E 1000 N, Syracuse, IN 46567. Family and friends will be received from 12 -4 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Military honors will be rendered at the service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Tunnels to Towers, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10306 or the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, 11586 IN-13, Syracuse, IN 46567.

Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services of Warsaw has been entrusted with caring for Russell. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at

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