Floyd William Brown, 86, Fargo, ND passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 8th at Elim Care Center surrounded by his children.

Floyd W. Brown was born November 2, 1925, the son of Joseph and Ednah Brown of Leonard ND.  Floyd grew up on a farm near Leonard ND and graduated from Leonard High School in 1943.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in June of 1946 serving in the Pacific region through 1948.  He was re-called to active duty for the Korean War in January, 1951, serving on the USS Prairie AD 15.  He married Gloria Jean Ingberg on August 27, 1951 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo, ND.  He remained on active duty through October 1952. 

He earned undergraduate degrees in Business and Social Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling from North Dakota State University.  He enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in May, 1964 where he continued to serve through his military retirement in November, 1985 with more than 27 years of Naval service and obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.

Floyd worked as guidance director for Enderlin and Lisbon, ND public schools prior to 1960, when he was hired by then President, John Neumaier, as guidance director for Minnesota State University Moorhead.  He became the Director of Admissions and during his tenure, MSUM’s enrollment grew from 2000 to more than 8000 students.  He retired from MSUM in 1993.

Floyd and Gloria raised a family consisting of one son and two daughters.  After Floyd’s retirement, he and Gloria enjoyed spending time with their children and grandsons at their Lake home near Detroit Lakes, MN.  Gloria passed away in 2004.

Floyd is survived by son Gregory Brown(Bonnie) of Fargo, daughters Mary Christianson(Chris) of Fargo, Jackie Schaefbauer(Jim) of Fargo, three grandchildren Jacob, Joseph, and Jordan Schaefbauer and two step-grandsons Jeremy and Justin Polka and a number of nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, his parents, and his sister Marjorie Taylor.

If desired, memorials preferred to Alzheimer’s Association, ND Chapter or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff and care attendants at Pioneer House and Elim Care Center for the loving care Floyd received during his final years.

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  1. Minneapolis MN
    I am so sorry I was not able to celebrate Mr. Brown’s life with the family. I had the pleasure of knowing Floyd first as Navy Officer and then as an admission’s professional. I learned, loved and laughed with Mr. Brown on many great occasions. He brings a smile to my face just remembering how wonderful he was to me and so many others.
    Peace to you.
    Heidi Breen

  2. Lewiston IDMary and family,

    So sorry to hear about your Dad. Wish I could be there with you.
    I have so many memories of our road trips with your Dad in High School. We always had great times listening to all of his stories!
    I will try to contact you again the next time I am in Fargo. I have tried other times and have not connected with you.
    Our thougts our with you today Mary and Chris and the rest of the family. Your Dad will be greatly missed!

    Our prayers are with you all,

    Doug, Dawnelle Ax

  3. Moorhead Greg & family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. May your memories take you through the days ahead and the legacy he left give you everlasting peace.
    Tom Henne

  4. Fargo ND
    Dear Mary,

    I saw the beautiful, smiling photo of your father in the paper this morning. This is the memory of the gracious, warm
    Mr. Brown of the days of your youth that I remember.

    My sincere sympathy and condolences to you & to your family. My memorial tribute in his memory will be sent to Hospice of the Red River Valley.

    Mrs. D. Stuart Frear

  5. fargo ND
    Brown Family, our sincere condolences to you! I loved your parents. Growing up we had so many good times!! I always thought it was so cool that your dad could back his car into your garage! Ha ha!! And how they treated all of us Morrow kids so well! Our sympathy to all of you!
    Jeff and Vickie (Morrow) Hoss

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