Roland W. Brown, 84, of Kansas City, MO passed away at St Luke’s Hospital on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Visitation for friends and family will be held will be held at 10 AM, Wednesday, October 27 at Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery 12700 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Mo. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM.
Born to Phillip T. and Lena (Bolter) Brown and raised in Brimfield Mass., Roland W. Brown graduated from Hitchcock Free Academy in 1944. A WWII veteran, he volunteered and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1950. He began his career at Charles D. Jones and Co., which later became Power Flame, Inc. His lifelong career with Power Flame took him into boiler rooms and basements across the country and all over the world. Roland was often called as an expert witness in his field, and was on several committees writing industry safety codes for combustion equipment. He retired at the age of 78 from his position as Chief Engineer and Vice President of Engineering Services.
Throughout his active years, his residences were graced with antique automobile parts and tools in addition to the trappings of a devoted father and loving husband. In his leisure time at home, Roland was rarely seen without a tool in hand. He restored several old Buicks and Mustangs as a hobby and for his 6 children to drive. His favorite was a 1949 Buick Roadmaster, which won several awards in antique auto shows. A music lover, he often played trumpet or sang in community and church choruses. He was known as the person who was always ready to lend a helping hand, and a great problem solver. He lived life with purpose, actively contributing to others whenever possible.
He was a resident of Kingswood Manor since 2008 and enjoyed participating in many activities there, including singing in the choir with his wife, Barbara.
He is survived by Barbara (Crawford) Brown, his wife of 62 years, and his children and grand children; Cynthia Brown of Kansas City; Valerie Davis of Prairie Village; Debora Farnam of Kansas City; Kevin Brown of Independence; and Mary Bonacci of Westfield, Massachusetts; siblings Harry L. Brown of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Barbara Chaffee of Goose Neck, South Carolina. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Louise Brown. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and loved ones.