Nickolas S. Brown

1941 to October 20, 2021

Clive - Nickolas Brown, age 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on October 20, 2021. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 31, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., Des Moines, from 3 to 6 p.m. with services to be held on November 1 at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. A reception will be held at the Des Moines Police Recreation Building in Pleasant Hill, IA.

Nick is survived by his partner and best friend, Mary Spoerl; his daughters, Debbie Soda, Pam Brown, Pat (Bryan) Newton, Teresa Brown, Nikki (Reuben) Nollen, Jennifer (Brian) Wolfe, Heather (Russ) Slings and his son, Doug (Kim) Brown; his grandchildren, Ashley Tenborg and John David Soda, Drake (Emily) Wedel and Nick Neer, Jacob, Jeremy and Catie Baysinger, Lexi and Haris Nollen, McKane and Kaylor Wolfe, Evan and Owen Brown, and Ryn and Jason Stursma; his brother, Larry (Betsi) Brown; nephew, Larry Brown, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Emma and Tyler Tenborg, Ryder and Ava Wedel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Anna Brown; and his beloved wife, Vicky.

Nick spent his life in service to his country and community. He served 35 years in the US Army Reserve, retiring in 1996 as a Chief Warrant Officer, and 30 years in the Des Moines Police Department, retiring in 1996 as Assistance Chief of Police.

After retirement Nick served as Division Administrator of the Iowa Welfare and Fraud Investigation Division and Security Manager of Principal Financial. He also taught Criminal Justice courses as an Adjunct Instructor at DMACC for 22 years.

He was an avid fisherman who always had a "big fish" story to tell, especially about the "Big one that got away". He loved his Cyclones and NASCAR, camping with his family and being a mentor to all. His favorite times were with his family and the pride and love he had for all of them.

Donations can be made to the Iowa Autism Society, Multiple Myeloma Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals, and Cops Against Cancer at Hope Lutheran Church in Ankeny.

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