Carroll L. Brown

Sept. 4, 1927 – Feb. 27, 2015

A celebration of the life of former Basin resident Carroll L. Brown was held March 4 at the United Methodist Church in Crawford, Neb. Carroll, 87, died Feb. 27 at Chadron Community Hospital.

He was born Sept. 4, 1927, in Lincoln, Neb., the son of Jesse F. and Sylvia F. Brown. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a reservist in 1945. After his discharge from the reserves in 1946, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska.

Carroll received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Nebraska in 1950 and his Master of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley, Colo., in 1955.

He married Pat Hunsaker Dec. 27, 1953. The couple had three children, Royce, Heather and Lynn.

He married Shirley M. Mason-Mehring on Oct. 24, 1974, in Crawford, Neb. and acquired four stepchildren, Twila, David, Shirlene and Peggy.

Carroll had a life-long association with music; he taught music in public schools in Nebraska and Wyoming for 36 years. He played trombone in the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra while he was in high school and college, and served as choir director/organist/pianist for most of his professional life.

Carroll led the Community Chorus in Crawford from 1978-1981, and directed the Basin/Greybull Community Chorus from 1987-2011. He also composed choral selections and arrangements for brass ensembles.

Carroll acquired an interest in firearms and after he retired from teaching he opened guns shops in Basin and in Crawford. He and Shirley traveled to gun shows throughout neighboring states for many years and made lifelong friendships along the way.

Carroll worked for the Historical Society at Fort Robinson, Neb. for eight years, first as a tour guide then as assistant to the curator.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the United Methodist Church, served on the Board of Trustees of the Big Horn County Library and was a member of the American Legion.

He was a man of great integrity and saw every day as a blessing. He shared great wisdom, his dry sense of humor and much love with his family and friends.

His parents and one granddaughter, Teresa Vogl-Lewis, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of Crawford; sons Royce Brown of Seneca, Neb., David Mehring of Gering, Neb.; daughters Heather Serres of Mankato, Kan., Kynn Borges of Sidney, Neb., Twila Vogl of Crawford, Shirlene Groethe of Rapid City, S.D., and Peggy Howard of Morrill, Neb.; brother-in-law Gary Mason of Kearney, Neb.; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandsons.

Donations in Carroll’s memory can be made to the Crawford Rescue Unit: Security Bank, Box 506, Crawford, NE 69339.