Robert G. Brown, 86, of East Falmouth died Monday, July 8, of pancreatic cancer.

He was the husband of Ida M. Pingree for 56 years.

He was born and raised in Creston, Iowa, on his parent’s farm; however, Mr. Brown set his sight on a career other than farming. Pursuing his dream, he enlisted in the US Navy as a cadet, completed flight training and received his wings. After flight school he was based at Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, flew F9s off the USS Lexington and then became a flight instructor at North Island.

After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he began a career in commercial aviation in 1957 and flew for 35 years, retiring as a 747 captain with Northwest Airlines.

In retirement, Mr. Brown was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and a volunteer at Falmouth Service Center and with Meals on Wheels.

He leaves his son Jeffrey Brown and his wife, Kristen Brown, of Franklin and two grandchildren, Christopher and Michaela Brown; his son Scott Brown of New York City; and a brother, Al Brown of Surprise, Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

A memorial service will be Friday, July 12, at 11 AM at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth.

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