Rodney Brown


July 14, 1932 - July 4, 2018 Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Brown family.

Rodney Francis Brown, just shy of 86 years old, passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 while surrounded by his family and loved ones.  He was born on July 14, 1932 to the late Rex Brown and late Elsie (Smith) Brown in Stockton, California.

Rodney was a humble, respectful, witty man’s man.  He had very strong morals and as a dedicated patriot, he chose a career to serve his country and the public with every ounce of his being.  His service started at a young age enlisting with the US Navy from 1951 through 1956. After his service with the Navy, holding an honorable discharge, in 1957 he was hired on with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.  With his devotion and dedication to the department advancing through several distinguished positions during his 30 years of service, Lieutenant Brown retired from the Sheriff’s Department. During his career, the Sheriff’s Department received many letters of appreciation from citizens and local businesses, as well as commendations from his supervisors describing him as a “dedicated and loyal person whose integrity is beyond reproach.

Rodney was also a devoted and caring family man.  He loved the great outdoors and traveled throughout the US primarily by way of motorhome and four-wheeling. After retirement, Rod settled in Douglas County, Nevada for the past 25 years, enjoying the games offered in Nevada and relaxing at his home. He returned to Stockton, California in November 2017.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Toni Brown, his sister - Rexine Wilson, five children from his previous marriage with the late Betty Brown - Debbie Seely, Dennis Brown, Cheryl Villanueva, Danny Brown and Michael Brown, three step-children - Tristan Boscacci, Peter Boscacci and Doug Boscacci, sixteen grandchildren, one great grandchild along with many nieces, nephews and relatives.

The 4th of July will forever be a reminder of this wonderful, amazing and giving man.


Visitation will be held Friday July 13, 2018 from 2:00pm - 8:00pm at the Vineyard Chapel at Cherokee Memorial Park,  14165 N. Beckman Rd, Lodi, CA 95240.


A graveside service will be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at 11:00am at Cherokee Memorial Park,  Harney Lane at Hwy. 99, Lodi, CA 95240.

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