Michael Brown, Jr. was born on November 17, 1983, in Olympia
Fields, Illinois, to Mike and Kim Brown. He was the oldest
of three children. His brother and sister are Ryan and Kendall.
Michael was known to his
family and friends as "Mike", "Mikey"
After graduating from Crown Point High School in May, 2002,
Mike was studying criminal justice at Indiana University Northwest
in Hammond. He was helping to pay his way through college
by working at UPS in Illinois.
He was also a referee for local basketball groups and an
umpire for Little League teams. Mike was a very proud member
of the Crown Point Civil Defense. His goal was to eventually
work for the FBI or in some field of criminal justice in which
he could make a contribution to help others.
He really liked fishing, golf, watching sports and shooting
pool. He was always inquisitive and wanting to know about
how something worked or what happened next.
Mike had lots of favorite things, but he mostly enjoyed helping
others. He was a typical young boy who loved to eat, sleep,
hangout with his friends -- Pat, Kyle, Pat and Heather --
and spend time with his brother and sister; but he was a remarkable
young man who was very personable and talkative with everyone.
He didn't just walk by and say "hi," but stopped
to chat whenever he saw a person he knew.
(in the Hawaiin shirt) loved spending time with his friends
during high school. Brownie and his friends would dress up
in strange outfits to support the girls basketball team at
Mike will be remembered by his family, friends, coaches and
teachers for his quick smile, his easy-going and helpful attitude,
and his love for life.
Mikey often called family who lived in other parts of the
country to say hi, keep in touch, and let everyone know how
well he was doing and what was new in his life.
His love for family and friends was well known to them. Mikey
was very affectionate and considerate of others. His brother
and sister miss him very much, as well as all who new and
If Mikey were here to say good bye, he'd say, "Don't
feel bad that I'm not with you anymore. I know I am in your
hearts, that I was well loved by very special people, and
I love all of you -- always will."
MEMORIES OF BROWNIE...
He made me laugh all the time. From when were
little kids to our senior year of highschool in lunch and
No day goes by that I don't think about him
and his family. The good memories Mike left with me will always
give me motivation to make the most of myself.
Mike was an incredible friend, he was one
of the most considerate and personable people i think i have
and will ever meet.
I'll never forget when Mike got caught typing
some bad things on the computer in lit class and got caught
when the teacher hit the undo button.
Sometimes I think about the things that Mike
and I shared and just realize how the most meaningless conversations
can turn into things that are so meaningful later in life.
Brownie has said things that will stick with me for life and
I'm a better person for knowing him.
He will always be recognized as the boy with
a million friends and talents. Memories keep people alive,
and nobody can take those away.
When you talked to him you knew that he was
special and would leave his mark on this world.