Oklahoma tornado victim remembered as family man, sports fan

Richard C. Brown II died after traffic backed up on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike due to storm damage from the May 20 tornado.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: June 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013
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Richard C. Brown II loved coaching his children in baseball and football. A huge sports fan, he enjoyed going to watch parties for games played by the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the New York Yankees.

His obituary details how much the 1990 Moore High School graduate loved his family.

Brown, 41, married his wife, Melissa, in Jamaica in 2002.

He also is survived by his son, Ricky Brown; stepson, Tyler Knight; stepdaughter Calissa Knight; parents Richard Brown and Marion Brown James; and his closest friend, Kyle Davis.

Brown's death is one of 24 linked to the tornado that ripped through Newcastle, south Oklahoma City and Moore on May 20, according to the state medical examiner's office.

That afternoon he was driving his pickup northbound on the H.E. Bailey Turnpike in Newcastle south of the Canadian River about an hour after the tornado had passed through, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Traffic was backed up, and two tractor-trailers were parked on the shoulder of the turnpike at mile marker 107.

Brown struck the tractor-trailers and was ejected, troopers said.

He was taken to a Norman hospital, where he died.


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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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