By HDN Staff
BIG SANDY Walter "Biddy" Brown, 75, of Big Sandy, died Sunday, May 14, 2000 in a Big Sandy medical center of natural causes.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rohrer United Methodist Church in Big Sandy, with Pastor Connie Cranston officiating. Burial to follow at the Big Sandy Cemetery.
Brown was born Sept. 3, 1924 to Edgar "Fritz" and Estella Leach Brown at the homestead on Birch Creek, 40 miles southeast of Big Sandy. He attended school at Eskay country school and later the Big Sandy public school system.
Brown joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in World War Two. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 and returned to Big Sandy.
Brown worked for various farmers and ranchers and did custom harvesting and mechanical work. He began purchasing ranch land southeast of Big Sandy in the Birch Creek and P.W. Flats country.
He married Emily Baldik Webster in 1955 and continued building the family ranch.
Brown enjoyed dancing, rodeos, fishing, Western books and movies, horseback riding, playing guitar, and poker, pinochle and cribbage.
He was a member of the VFW Post 6107, Oddfellows, Republican Party, Montana Farm Bureau, Elks club, and Rohrer Methodist Church. He was a former director of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, director of the Livestock Protective Association, honorary member of the Sheriff's Posse for Chouteau County, and former chairman of the Board for Eskay School.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Leach Brown and Edgar "Buster" Franklin Brown; one sister, Ramona Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Emily of Big Sandy; daughter, Leta Brown Clark of Billings; son, William Lewis Brown of Big Sandy; stepson, Clyde Webster of Big Sandy; sister, Marietta Peterson of Judith Gap; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the VFW Scholarship or Flag Fund.
Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home.