Russell Ranzenberg Brown

22 September 1935–19 September 2014 (Age 78)
Fairview, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States

The Life Summary of Russell Ranzenberg

When Russell Ranzenberg Brown was born on 22 September 1935, in Fairview, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States, his father, George Willard Brown, was 46 and his mother, Viola Ranzenberg, was 34. He married Margean L Papworth on 2 September 1955, in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States. He lived in Election District 11, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States in 1940. He died on 19 September 2014, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Holladay Memorial Park, Holladay, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Russell Ranzenberg Brown
Margean L Papworth
Marriage: 2 September 1955

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World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act
Age 2
The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.
1945 · George Albert Smith becomes the Prophet
Age 10
After the death of Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith became the 8th Prophet of this dispensation.
1956 · The Federal Aid Highway Act
Age 21
With the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System, the Federal Aid Highway Act made way for the largest public works project in American history at that time. One of the purposes was to provide military access to places in case of an attack.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: generally a nickname referring to the color of the hair or complexion, Middle English br(o)un, from Old English brūn or Old French brun. This word is occasionally found in Old English and Old Norse as a personal name or byname. Brun- was also a Germanic name-forming element. Some instances of Old English Brūn as a personal name may therefore be short forms of compound names such as Brūngar, Brūnwine, etc. As a Scottish and Irish name, it sometimes represents a translation of Gaelic Donn. As an American family name, it has absorbed numerous surnames from other languages with the same meaning.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Memory of Grandpa Brown by Austin Brown

I remember Russell talking about how he never even thought about going to the gym and thought it was a funny idea because he got all of his exercise in by hauling hay bales every day. He explained how …

Sources (17)

  • Russell R Brown in household of George Williard Brown, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Russel R Brown in household of George W Brown, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Russell Brown in entry for Viola R Brown, "Wyoming, Star Valley Independent Obituaries, 1901-2015"

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