Justin Paul Brown 46, passed away October 12th under the care of the VA hospice team in Tomah.
He was born on September 30th, 1977 in Black River Falls to Kerry Brown and Debra (Brown) Burgau. As
a young boy you could find him “working” anywhere anyone would let him, playing in the creek,
swimming at the downtown pool, building forts in the woods, and other neighborhood shenanigans. He
attended BRF high school and graduated in 1996.
Justin enlisted in the US Army after graduation and proudly served his country, which included one tour
in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in honor
of his 17 years of dedicated service. While continuing to serve in the National Guard Justin attended
both paramedic and nursing school and went on to become a traveling nurse taking assignments all over
the country where he met a multitude of lifelong friends.
Justin had an uninhibited drive for adventure to include kayaking, skiing, and traveling abroad and would
most likely be found executing these activities with a group of friends wearing one of his many
inappropriate t-shirts. Justin had a heart of gold, could make anyone laugh, and was loved by all who
knew him. 
Surviving Justin are his children Channin and Caitlin Smart, and Ella, Tanner and Alexia Brown; his
parents, Kerry Brown and Debra (Mike) Burgau; his sisters Jessica (Pat) Meek and their children Henry,
Grady, and Lyla, and Laura (Corey) Sahr and their children Jonah and Jack; as well as aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends too numerous to measure. 
Preceding him in death were his grandmothers Doris Brown and Arlene Hansen; his loving aunt, Judy
Hansen; uncles Randy and Ricky Hansen and Ken Brown.
                                                            What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments
                                                             but what is woven into the lives of others.
A Celebration of Life with Military Honors was held on Monday, October 16th

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