BROWNE, Richard (Dick) LaVon passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the age of 93. He was born in Swan Creek Township, Michigan on March 15, 1924 to the late Charles and Bernice (VanWormer) Browne. His father passed away shortly after his birth, his mother then married the late John Wenzel who helped raise him. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1941. He went on to marry Ellen Crofoot on September 23, 1944 and she preceded him in death on December 12, 1988.
Dick was in business in St. Charles first by owning and operating a local gas station then he was involved in the local Auto Parts Store. He was actively involved in many local organizations. He was a member of the St. Charles Masonic Lodge 313. In 1978 the St. Charles Masonic Temple burned to the ground. Dick, the fire chief at that time, went into the burning building and saved the Charter, the only thing to be saved in the fire. He was a member of the Tri-Township Fire Department for over 60 years serving as fire chief for 28 years. In 1963 he organized the Tri-Township Fire District and started the Saginaw County Fire Chief Association. He was St. Charles Township Trustee for 15 years, serving one term as township supervisor. Dick drove bus for St. Charles School for 28 years. He was a member of St.Charles United Methodist Church, a charter member of the St. Charles Historical Society, and a member of the Saginaw County Sheriff Department Auxiliary. He also helped to organize the first St. Charles Quarterback club which is now St. Charles Athletic Organization.
Dick is survived by his children, Terry (Mary) Browne, Vicki (Steve) Swartz, Larry (Sandy) Browne and Gary (Julie) Browne all of St. Charles; companion, Jan Beardslee; 2 brothers; a brother-in-law; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 1 sister.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. at C.M. Humpula Funeral Home, 209 Entrepreneur Dr., St. Charles. Rev. Karen Sorden will officiate with burial following at Riverside Cemetery in St. Charles. Visitation will take place at C.M. Humpula Funeral Home on Sunday from noon–8 p.m. and again at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Charles Museum.