DALLAS-FORT WORTH — Bert Orville Brown, 90, passed from this life on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at his home in Blum, Texas.
Bert was part Cherokee Indian, born on April 24, 1922, the third of 13 children born to the late Joe Brown and the late Vera Cowden Brown. The son of a trucking company family (Joe Brown Company), he would work briefly in the family business before joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941.
He would become a flight engineer during World War II for a B-24 bomber crew, overseeing more than 43 missions out of Canosa, Italy. While in the service, he was associated with the 15th Air Corp, 464th Bomber group and the 777th Bomb Squadron. His relationships with his fellow servicemen remained strong and he loved communicating with them when able.
After his military service, he would attend the University of Tulsa, receiving his degree in petroleum engineering in 1950. His first six months after school would find him "roughnecking" to learn as much as possible about the field work. He would eventually work for The Texaco Oil Company, retiring in 1987.
For a short time after retirement, he would remain active as a petroleum consultant and Professor at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. He would eventually settle in the small community of Blum, Texas, where he would reside for the rest of his life.
Bert loved planting trees. While in Levelland, he planted a pecan orchard, and most recently was attempting to raise peach trees in Blum.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth McClaskey Brown; children, Joe Bert Brown and his wife, Stacy, Edna Martin and her husband, Randy, Shirley Brown Gent and her husband, Stephen, and Mickey Cowden Brown and his wife, Claudette; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Dale Brown; and sisters, Maxine Bumgarner, Dott Wells, Fern Primrose, Bernice "Bill" King and her husband, Jimmy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Joe Dewey Brown, James Warrior Brown, Gene Brown, Clifford Brown, Ted Brown, Rachael Brown Reese; and grandchildren, Eric Hall and Tanner Dakota Brown.
He was buried with military honors at DFW National Cemetery.