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Christopher Michael Brown



Christopher Michael Brown, 50, of the Chicago area passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. He was born on Sunday, July 29, 1973 in Columbia City, Indiana to Gary and Ann Brown, who now live in Winnebago, Illinois.

Chris graduated from Keystone High School, Knox in 1991 and from North Park University, Chicago in 1995.

He loved sports and participated in high school and college football. For a brief period, he coached football and baseball at Winnebago High School. He played rugby as a young adult and coached his son's junior football team.

He spent most of his adult life in the Chicago area, where he worked in heavy equipment sales and repair. Recently, he lived in Winnebago.

In addition to his parents, Chris is survived by a son, Kurt Brown of Naperville, Illinois; Kurt's mother, Julie Brown of Naperville; a brother, Nathan (Dana) Brown of Rockford, Illinois; a sister, Rachel (Joshua) Reinders of Ambridge, Pennsylvania; and special friend, Charlotte Dawson of Lyons, Illinois.

A visitation and service were held on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory in Rockford. Retired pastor and family friend, Rev. Kenneth Schmoyer of Winnebago officiated. He was assisted by Rev. Gavin Brandt of Winnebago United Methodist Church, where Chris attended. Other participants were Nathan Brown and Joshua Reinders.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Football Program, Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th Street, Naperville, Illinois 60565.

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