Michael R. Brown, 56

Brookfield Zoo zookeeper

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Michael R. Brown, 56, of Brookfield died Dec. 25, 2017.

Mr. Brown was born June 22, 1961 and was a graduate of Marquette University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. An avid reader, Mr. Brown's love of animals led him to a longtime career as a zookeeper at Brookfield Zoo, where he was the lead keeper of large carnivores.

 He was the father of Andrew Brown; The son of Robert and Joyce Brown the brother of Lori (Scott) Barnes and Tom (Valerie Beach) Brown; and the uncle of Dan and Cody Barnes. 

Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st. St., Brookfield. Interment is private.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd St., NW, Suite 450, Washington, D.C. 20037 or the Brookfield Zoo, 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, 60513.

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