Roger Brown

Roger M. Brown

Monday, July 10th, 1950 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2020
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Roger M. Brown, 69, of Fayetteville, PA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Born on July 10, 1950 in Arlington, VA, he was a son of the late Melvin J. Brown and Betty Watson Brown.

After graduating from Yorktown High School, Roger served with the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College and retired from the United States Senate Disbursing Office as Manager of the Payroll and Office Allowance Systems after thirty years. Roger sang for seven years with the National Christian Choir. Roger enjoyed his time on the board of HCTV in Herndon, VA where he also volunteered. He volunteered countless hours with the Virginia Inland Game & Fisheries. Roger’s hobbies included golf, fishing and photography. Roger was a faithful member of Antrim Brethren in Christ Church, where he sang in the church choir.

Roger is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Whitmer Brown, whom he married on October 7, 1972; two daughters, Erin (Andrew) Bell of Chambersburg, PA and Elaine (Brian) Ziman of Waynesboro, PA; three grandchildren, Timothy, Lauren and Jeremy Bell; one brother, Russell (Janet) Brown of Culpeper, VA; and a cousin, Sister Francine Brown, Daughter of Charity in Emmitsburg, MD.

Private services and burial will be conducted at Norland Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, Chambersburg. Roger’s family is planning a memorial service at a future date and time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Roger’s name to the music department of Antrim Brethren in Christ Church in Chambersburg.
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    Norland Cemetery
    2295 Philadelphia Ave
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Dave Swope

Posted at 05:01pm
Mr. Roger Brown, a true conservationist, fly fishermen with a big heart for protecting the environment. I first met Roger when he transferred from Northern Virginia chapter of Trout Unlimited to the Adams County Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Roger always was concerned about how he could help make a difference and became a Trustee for the chapter.
A man of commitment and a focus on educating interest in sharing with the next generation, to carry the environmental torch for conserving and restoring our environment. My heartfelt prayers for the Brown Family. RIP my friend
Dave Swope, Treasurer Adams County Trout Unlimited 323

Joseph Ferdinandsen

Posted at 03:30pm
I just heard about Roger passing and I wanted to express my condolences to his family and friends. Roger freely gave his time to DGIF and I consider that to be one of the greatest gifts you can give. Whether it was stocking trout, banding geese, or clearing trails on the Thompson, he was a very willing steward of our natural resources. He had a wonderful attitude and made a difference in my eyes. I feel better having known him during his time volunteering with us and can appreciate how much this loss has hurt those closest to him.

- Joe Ferdinandsen
WMA Supervisor, VDGIF

Jay, Becki, Rachel and Shelby

Posted at 12:53pm
We felt that planting a tree in Roger's name was appropriate since he loved being outdoors. Remember that we love and care about you.
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Elaine Ziman

Posted at 07:09pm
My Dad liked to take the scenic route. If there was a straightforward highway between points A and B, and a longer route that involved multiple turns, a shortcut through a neighborhood, and possibly an illegal cut through a business parking lot, guess who would take four hours to run one ‘quick’ errand? Bonus points if one of the roads was unpaved, or went past cows. Absolute win for the day if it went over a river with boat access.

I can certainly understand his lackadaisical approach to travel. He worked for the US Senate for 30+ years, in a dark, crowded, windowless office in DC, often leaving home before the sun rose and coming back after it set. When he was free of his responsibilities, he recharged in the quietest, least crowded places he could find, under the pretense of being productive.

I loved those Saturday mornings when he’d come downstairs and ask “Anybody wanna go for a ride?” Sometimes we’d end up in the mountains, staring at a river. Sometimes we’d end up at Carderock, watching the rock climbers. We’d visit family members, or go fishing, or to eclectic shops, fishing bait shops, used book stores, flea markets. Sometimes he’d just drive, and the roads would grow narrower, and older, the trees would get thicker, the houses would get older and more picturesque.

We didn’t talk a lot on those trips, mostly we just stared at the scenery, grateful there were currently no expectations or demands being made of us. Sometimes he’d tell me stories about hitchhiking home from the Carolinas, or spelunking in the Shenandoah Valley, or his Air Force days in Utah and Alaska, or his memories of what Arlington, DC, Tyson’s Corner, etc looked like back ‘in the good old days.’ They were trips down a very roundabout memory lane.

He taught me it was ok to be an introvert, that you could still make a positive difference without a lot of human interaction, and how to find ways to recharge when people were unavoidable. He taught me to find the beauty and peace in the journey.

I love you and miss you, Dad, but I know I’ll always find you with me on the back roads.

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