James Brown

Date of Death: Apr 03, 2021
James Brown

1934 - 2021

James “Skip” Brown, 87 of Waupun, died Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Prairie Ridge in Mayville.


Skip was born January 21, 1934 in Waupun, the son of Bert and Bevis Fleming Brown. Skip attended Waupun schools, and on September 26, 1964 he married Karen Van Buren in Brandon. Following their marriage the couple resided in the Waupun area all their married lives. Skip was employed as a machinist for Chicago Northwestern Railroad and worked out of North Fond du Lac for over 30 years from which he retired. Skip enjoyed polka music, attending flea markets, antique shows, word search puzzles, reading the Bible, conversing with many people, and researching the history of Waupun.


Skip is survived by his wife, Karen Brown of Waupun; a brother, Bob (Delores) Brown of Florida; brothers-in-law: Dennis (Catherine) Van Buren, Keith (Vikki) Van Buren, Gary (Chris) Van Buren, and Kevin (Debbie) Van Buren; a sister-in-law, Diane (Ron) Schaalma; a special nephew, Chuck (Bonnie) Brown; along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.


Skip was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reuben and Elizabeth Van Buren.


Per Skip’s wishes there will be no visitation or service.

Special Thanks

A special “thank you” to the staff at Prairie Ridge and Generations Hospice.



  1. Dick Rens Says: April 6, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Karen, sorry to hear about Skip. I have many pleasant memories of Skip even dating back our H.S. days.
    I often think of when he did auto body work and we hung around the body shops in Waupun during the
    happy days of the ‘50’s. Thoughts of Skip bring me to a smile, he’ll be long remembered.

  2. Darrell & Nancy Rahn Says: April 6, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Karen,sory to hear about “Skip”. Condolence to you.

  3. Bob Simon Says: April 8, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Karen so sorry for your loss. Skip was always interesting to talk to and we will miss seeing him at the shows.
    Hugs and prayers.
    Bob and Deb Simon

  4. Jim & Diane Ertle Says: April 9, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    We’re so sorry about Skip. Really enjoyed talking to him over the years. You have our sincere condolences.
    Jim and Diane

  5. Cheryl Maglio Says: April 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Karen, my sympathies to your family in the loss of your
    husband. I’ve been gone from Waupun since 1968 but still
    think of all the relatives still in the area. Having talked
    to you not long ago its been a hard few years for you. Say
    “HI” from me to all of your family & know you are in my prayers
    for the upcoming days.

    Cher Maglio

  6. Darlene & Wally Schultz Says: April 12, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Karen,
    We’re sorry to hear of the passing of “Skip”. We’ll miss seeing him with you.
    Darlene & Wally (postcard)

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