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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Ralph J Brown
December 4, 1926 - December 19, 2020

Place of Birth: Enid, Montana
Residence: Sidney, MT
Age: 94

Our husband, father, and grandfather, Ralph James Brown, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the age of 94.

Ralph was born (a twin) on December 4, 1926, to Eugene and Mary (Carda) Brown at their home in Enid, MT, joining five brothers and two sisters. As part of a family of ten children growing up in the depression era, he learned the value of hard work and taking care of your neighbors. He lived by these values throughout his life. Ralph graduated from Sidney High School in 1945 and in June of that same year, together with his twin brother Raymond, they were inducted into the United States Army. He served two years before the war ended and he was honorably discharged.

On July 14, 1956, Ralph married the love of his life, Donna Prevost, at St. Philomena’s Catholic Church in Sidney. Two years later the love of their relationship provided them with a son, Jerry. Before long, they had seven more children: Janice, Debbie, Cheryl, Camille, Charles, Evonne and Patricia. They made their home in Sidney and enjoyed 64 wonderful, faith filled years together.

Ralph had a lifelong enjoyment for music and dancing. In his early years, he enjoyed entertaining his family with the accordion. He and Donna enjoyed many years of travelling with close friends to various communities to square dance. Ralph instilled his love of music and dancing in his daughters, having taught them the two-step, polka and waltz. His large extended family provided many weddings, reunions and celebrations where he could dance, listen to music, and socialize.

Ralph worked for Thogersen Motors in Sidney for 44 years as an accountant along with other evening jobs before he retired. Ralph was a dedicated worker who took pride in his work.

Ralph was a man who lived and practiced his Catholic faith daily. He was a faithful member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. He sang in the church choir, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, achieving the status of Grand Knight. He enjoyed being a Eucharistic minister for many years, administering the Eucharist to many people that were homebound, living in assisted living, the hospital, and nursing home. Ralph instilled in his children the importance of giving back to the community. Ralph volunteered his time at the local food bank and he and Donna delivered meals on wheels to the homebound. He always greeted everyone he met with a smile and a, “Hi”, ready to strike up a conversation.

In his retirement years, he enjoyed gardening, spending many hours in his yard watering and caring for his numerous trees and plants. He taught himself to play the organ and enjoyed playing whenever he had a spare moment. In his later years, he, Donna, and other family members enjoyed playing rounds of Bonco, where luck always seemed to run on Ralph’s side. Most of all, he looked forward to the next family gathering.

Faith and family were the center of Ralph’s life. He is missed tremendously, but his family knows, God had a plan and to trust in God’s plan.

He is survived by: his wife of 64 years, Donna Brown, Sidney, MT; his sister Vivian Leischner of Billings, MT; his children, Janice Brown of Watford City, ND, Debbie (Monte) Fratzke of Hall, MT, Cheryl (Randy) Unruh of Glendive, MT, Cammy Fink of Sidney, MT, Charles Brown of Deer Lodge, MT, Evonne (Ted) Fulgham of Sidney, MT, and Patricia (Randy) Glaser of Billings, MT, 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great- grandchildren; sister-in-laws: Merna (Glenn) Brown, Dolores (Joe) Irigoin, Marlene (Jim) Power, Charlotte (Bob) Rahn, Yvonne (Jack) McLaughlin, Sheelah (Robert) Prevost, Nancy (Roger) Cook, Linda (Don) Price, Renee (Roger) Herbst; brother-in-laws: Harold (Helen) Fink, Gary (Patty Ann) Prevost, Don (Julie) Prevost, Jim Prevost, Ron (Gin) Prevost; and many nieces and nephews;

He is preceded in death by; his son Jerry; his parents; his brothers: Adley, Eugene, Robert, Wesley, LeVern, Raymond and Glenn, his sister Helen Fink; a grandchild Kristina Moran; sister-in-law: Irene (LeVern) Brown; brother-in laws: Elmer Leischner, Bob Prevost, Jim Power and Jack McLaughlin, and Joe Irigoin; and his nephew, Todd Power.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Shinnick Memorial Charitable Foundation, or St. Matthews Catholic Church of Sidney, MT.

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Sheree Albin
Dec 22, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Ralph’s passing! He was such a good neighbor to my parents! God bless! Bob and Sheree Albin
Cal Thogersen (Avondale, Arizona)
Dec 22, 2020
Ralph was such a kind and decent man that loved his family, Church and community. Our whole family loved Ralph and appreciated his years of service at the dealership. My sincere condolences to family. Rest In Peace Ralph.
Dorothy Frasca Benish (Palatine, IL)
Dec 22, 2020
So sorry to hear about Ralph. He will always be in my fondest memories. My sympathy to all of his family.
Tim & Kim Klasna
Dec 22, 2020
I have such fond memories of Ralph at Thorgerson Motors. he always had a smile and so kind. Prayers go out to his family.
Robert Savage (Sidney, Montana)
Dec 22, 2020
To Donna and her Family,

It was very sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was a wonderful man who touched so many lives and was an inspiration to all. May the Grace and Blessing of Christ be with you all during this difficult time.

Robert Savage
Larry and Cheryl Tveit (Lake Preston , South Dakota )
Dec 23, 2020
So sorry for your loss, be in Gods hands Ralph
Dodie Bakken Clapper (Billings, MT)
Dec 23, 2020
Donna & family. So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
Craig & Doreen (Vaira) Herbert (Glasgow, MT)
Dec 23, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. Ralph always had a smile on his face whenever we saw him. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Judy and Laddie Thomas (Fancy Farm, KY)
Dec 23, 2020
So saddened by Ralph’s passing...such a pleasant man who will be terribly missed. Love all of you - wish I could be there to give you all a hug. But, will be lifting all of you up in prayer and keeping you close as we begin this holiday season. Know that we love you and pray with you....Blessings!
Tami Maltese
Dec 23, 2020
Ralph was a good Christian family man. He was hard working and put the Lord first in his life. His family was a close second place. I will miss his smile and his positive personality. I will miss him every Saturday night at Mass. The family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories.
Mary Jo Saboe (Manhattan , MT)
Dec 24, 2020
Donna and Family, I am so very sad to read about Ralph! What a dear man and friend to all was Ralph! You both were the perfect couple to help everyone and do so much at church! We all know Ralph earned his angel wings here on earth and had a direct flight to Heaven! My thoughts will be with you and the family, Donna as well as my prayers! May God Bless you richly!
Sharon and Jim Nelson (Billings, Montana)
Dec 27, 2020
Dear Donna and Family,

Ralph was a kind and loving person. May he rest in peace. Our prayers are with you.

Sharon and Jim Nelson
Mike & Deb (Finnicum) Bingen (SIDNEY, Mt)
Dec 28, 2020
Sorry to hear about Ralph - he was a good man and quite an asset to family - Church - community. When a person becomes a memory the memories become cherished
Michelle Sletvold (Williston , ND )
Dec 29, 2020
So sorry to hear about Ralph! I have many fond memories of him while I was growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Hugs and prayers!! Michelle
Cece Pintz Lasinsky (Northbrook , Il)
Dec 29, 2020
Dear Donna & Family; My sincere condolences on Ralph’s passing. He was a kind & sincere man. My parents always enjoyed visiting with you & Ralph. May his memory be a blessing.
Janet Martineau (Sidney, MT)
Dec 31, 2020
When Eucharist Adoration began at St. Matthew’s in 2001, Ralph and Donna took a hard to fill spot, 1 AM and I followed at 2. This continued for many years. Once a family asked for someone to bring communion to their young adult son who was in jail and Ralph agreed. He lived his faith.
Melissa Ann Moran (Wahpeton, I North Dakota)
Jan 7, 2021
I will miss my grandpa and I love u so much . He was such amazing grandpa .
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