Keith Myers Brown, builder, dies

He established Brown's Building and Cabinet Shop Inc. in 1955 in Taneytown

  • Keith Brown
Keith Brown
May 04, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Keith Myers Brown, a retired Carroll County builder and big-game hunter, died Saturday of a cardiac arrest at Carroll Hospice Dove House in Westminster.

The longtime Taneytown resident was 86.

The son of a schoolteacher and a homemaker, Mr. Brown was born and raised in Union Mills. He was a graduate of Charles Carroll High School.

A lifelong trumpet player, during his teenage years he played with the Westminster Municipal Band, William F. Myers Band, and the Lyric Concert Band of Hanover, Pa. During the 1940s and 1950s, he was a member of several Carroll County dance bands.

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was initially assigned to the 20th Armored Tank Division. Just before his unit was to ship out for Europe, he was reassigned to the 379th Army Field Service Band, where he played until being discharged in 1946.

"He never went overseas and was fond of saying the 'only water he ever saw was the Mississippi River,'" said his wife of 64 years, the former Jean McCleaf.

He established Brown's Building and Cabinet Shop Inc. in 1955 in Taneytown, where he built custom-made homes and kitchen cabinets for 30 years until retiring in 1985.

Mr. Brown was an avid hunter and enjoyed hunting elk in Colorado and bear in Alaska. He was an accomplished skeet and trap shooter and participated in many tournaments, winning several awards for marksmanship during the 1960s and 1970s.

He was a member and former president of the Forest and Stream Club and a member of Taneytown Rod and Gun Club.

He was a life member and former church council member of St. Mary's United Methodist Church in Silver Run.

He also was a past president and member of the Taneytown Lions Club and American Legion Post 120 in Taneytown.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Brown is survived by a son, Bradley Keith Brown of Taneytown; a brother, Ray T. Brown of Westminster; and a niece.

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