Obituary: Donald Scott Brownson |

Obituary: Donald Scott Brownson


January 24, 1927 — March 10, 2017

DONALD SCOTT BROWNSON, 90, of Naples, Florida and Aurora, Illinois passed away peacefully on Friday, March 10, 2017, with his family by his side. Born on January 24, 1927 in Roselle, IL, the son of Clyde and Iva Klinefelter Brownson. Don attended Bardwell Elementary School, East Aurora High School, and Northwestern University. Don served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and married Betty Brownson (Brown) in 1950. Don and Betty met while roller skating when she was 17 years old, and they enjoyed 66 wonderful years of marriage. Don started his career in the lumber business with Georgia Pacific before he and Betty started their own wholesale lumber business, Brownson Lumber. Later, they expanded into the retail lumber business with Bristol Lumber in Bristol, IL. While on a family ski trip in 1970, Don and Betty came across the Breckenridge Building Center in Breckenridge, Colorado, which they subsequently purchased. They later acquired Edwards Building Center, in Edwards Colorado. Don was involved with both yards until his passing. Don enjoyed bike riding, skiing, swimming, camping, and attending car auctions and car races. Don and Betty loved to travel and traveled the U.S., Canada, Europe, Russia and China. He loved spending time with his family and friends at their homes in Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin and Naples, Florida. Don was actively involved in Sports Car Club of America, Habitat for Humanity, Rookery Bay Nature Conservancy and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Don was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Naples, FL and New England Congregational Church in Aurora, IL. Don was preceded in death by his parents and brother Jacques Brownson. Don is survived by his wife, Betty Brownson, two sons Jon Brownson and Robert Brownson, daughter and son-in-law Susan and John McVickers; daughters-in-law Leona Brownson and Christy Brownson; grandchildren Katie Brownson (married to Casey Mullins), Jennifer Brownson (engaged to Joe Schlitter), Michael Brownson, Athena Brownson and Patrick, Jack and Matthew McVickers; great-grandchild Reed Mullins. A Memorial Service and luncheon to follow are planned for Saturday April 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm at New England Congregational Church, 406 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL. Don donated his remains to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for their medical and nursing school research programs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Donald Brownson, to New England Congregational Church, 406 West Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506 and The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley with checks made payable to the Don and Betty Brownson Endowment Fund, 111 West Downer Place #312, Aurora, IL 60506 or online at

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