Steven W. Brownfield

Steven W. Brownfield

March 15, 1948 – July 1, 2020


VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Tuesday, July 7th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, July 8th, 11am, West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Wednesday, July 8th, 2pm, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors.  Memorials are suggested to Paralyzed Veterans of America, Boy Scouts of America, or the American Cancer Society.

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Steven Brownfield was born on March 15, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa.  He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1966.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1968 and served until 1974.  He attended Marine Boot camp in Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, where he graduated as top recruit at boot camp.  He was selected Honor Man at boot camp.  He received the Leatherneck Award and Meritorious promotion to Private First Class..

His Military Service in the Marine Corps is as follows: Steven earned three field combat promotions during his service in Viet Nam 1968-69.  He served with the Mike Company 3rd Battalion 4th Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division and 1st Recon Battalion S-2 Scout.

His Military Awards include: Purple Heart (2nd Awd), Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Civilian Education:  A graduate of Drake University in 1974, he attended University of Michigan 1982 Graduate Studies, University of Pittsburg College of Law 1986,  Bellevue University MS-Scouting 2016.

Steven’s civilian work record is exemplary. He has held positions in the following companies: Regional Manager with Northwestern Bell/US West where he retired in 1997.  During his time with this company her received the Bronze Vail award for saving a life.  He was Chief Information Officer with Insituform Technology from 1997-2002. He was Vice President of Ameriwood Industries from 2002-2004, Chief Procurement Officer with Precision Industries 2004-2005. Senior Vice President and Global Chief. Procurement Officer Northern Trust 2005-2009, Senior Director Procurement ConAgra Foods -2009-2015; he retired in December 2015.

Civilian awards and organizations: Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow (Scouting Honor Society), Merit Badge Counselor, Master Mason 32nd Degree. Boy Scouts Troop 331 Life to Eagle Chair, Soaring Eagle and Black Hawk District-Eagle Board of Review Representative, National Eagle Scouts Association, Shriner Tangiers Shrine, and the Board of Directors NE Veterans Home Board.

Military organizations: Marine Corps League Detachment 60-Judge Advocate; Marine Honor Society-Military Order Devil Dogs. Life Memberships: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, and the Viet Nam Veterans of America.

Steven was preceded in death by his father, Wayne; mother, Louise; sister, Peggy Brownfield; and nephew, Brett Monen.  Steven is survived by his wife Judy (52 years of marriage); two children; Stephanie (Mike) Rosenberger and their two sons Benjamin and Steven and two daughters Megan and Caitlin; Rebecca (Matt) Vanderholm and their three daughters Lauren, Annabel and Meryl and four great-granddaughters; his sister-in-law, Joyce Modeland; and nephew, Jay (Jenny) Monen.





  • Jill Robbins Posted July 3, 2020 7:16 am

    I send my love and heartfelt condolences to our family; Judy, Stephanie, and Becky–and all of their amazing spouses and special children who will mourn the loss of our best friend, Steve Brownfield. I don’t even know if I can find the words about being so heartbroken for our extended family. He has been every part of my 42 years on this planet and he will continue to be. XOXO Jill, Shane, Keith and Carly.

  • James Thalacker & Dee Nelson Posted July 3, 2020 7:25 am

    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. I have many memories of fun times and gatherings .You’re in our prayers —- Jim Thalacker & Dee Nelson

  • Karen Palmer Posted July 3, 2020 7:33 am

    We have lost a truly great man – one who loved his family, friends and country. I am so sorry.

  • Lisa (Mayotte) Dell Posted July 3, 2020 8:28 am

    “Brownie” is forever one of a kind. We used to spend every 4th of July with him and his amazing family so he’s ever present in our minds right now. A true hero to the US, we owe him so much. My parents lost a very good friend. Judy and kids – we are hugging you SO MUCH right now and we love you. What a legacy. Xoxo

  • Joyce Modeland Posted July 3, 2020 8:42 am

    Steve was a great man who valed and loved his country and his beautiful family. Steve fought with valor and distiction and shed blood for his country. He was extremely generous to his family and those around him. Whenever he would BBQ, he always brought me a steak or chicken or pork chop. I never paid for a meal when out to dinner with Steve and Judy. Steve and Judy were alwys there for me in my time of need, and there were many. He fought so hard to live for his family. He was generous with his time for all who needed him. Rest in peace my beloved brother-in-law. You truly were one of a kind.

  • Kusum Bhalla Posted July 3, 2020 11:42 am

    So v sorry Judy and family.A v nice person is gone too soon.
    My heart felt condolences .RIP Steve .

  • Tammi Posted July 3, 2020 4:55 pm

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers god bless you and your family love Tammi,Ward and Ryan Thompson

  • Carol Lo Posted July 4, 2020 2:48 pm

    Dear Judy and family
    John and I want to offer our Sympathy to you and your family at this Difficult time. We both have such fond memories of you and Steve as our neighbors in Piedmont. We are truly sorry for your Loss. Our Prayers are with all of you during this time
    Love and Prayers
    Carol and John Lopes

  • Karen Koppenhaver Posted July 4, 2020 5:19 pm

    Judy, kids and Joyce, I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. My heart goes out to you all. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Steve and Jenny Jensen Posted July 5, 2020 9:22 pm

    When we think of Steve, we think of his generosity. He was always looking for ways to support his community, his friends, and his family.

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love, Steve and Jenny Jensen

  • Teresa Graham Posted July 6, 2020 10:09 am

    Sending thoughts and prayers to Steve’s family. I worked with Steve at ConAgra and I so much enjoyed working with him. I am so sorry to hear about your loss and am sending all of you prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  • Joan and Steve Mayotte Posted July 7, 2020 9:09 am

    Our most cherished memories are the ones with the Brownfields. Forty years of friendship so far. We will miss Steve’s presence at the bridge table, around our dinner table, and at our family celebrations. Our daughters and their children know Steve as “Brownie.” The distance travelled in order to sustain our friendship wasn’t always easy but Steve never complained about the effort needed to be there for holidays, weddings, or our traditional meetings at the Amanda Colonies, our “halfway” destination for many years. We are grieving with Judy, girls, and all their families at this sad occasion. Steve was a larger than life man who will be missed so much.

  • Kristyn (Lassek) Kamrath Posted July 7, 2020 9:24 am

    Dear Judy, Becky, Stephanie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss and am praying for your peace and comfort. You were so blessed to have such a wonderful man in your lives and the times I was around you all it was obvious to see how proud of his family he was and how much he loved and cared for you. May God’s loving peace surround you. Much love, Kristyn and Matt Kamrath

  • Tim Wayne Posted July 7, 2020 4:31 pm

    When you’re growing up from adolescence thru young 20s and 30s, thru your more serious years in your 40s and trying to really make your mark in your 50s and 60s, it really helps to have some ONE as Rock of Gibraltar. Someone you use as touchstone to see if you’re doing the right thing, “what would Steve do?” Steve was one of those rare individuals that was unchanging, would not let little indiscretions thru the years deter him from being a steadfast friend. The crazy thing is, many times you didn’t even need to talk to Steve for advice, you knew what he would say and just that was enough to push me in the direction I knew I should go. That is very very powerful friend…..the best. Thanks Steve for your powerful guidance and help, most of which I never told you about.

  • Rosemary Worrall and Art Worrall Posted July 7, 2020 4:57 pm

    Judy and family, I am so sorry to hear about Steve. He was a great cousin. I am sorry I can not be at the funeral. My prayers are with you and your family. I will be thinking of you. Rosemary

  • Doug & Patsy Daniel Posted July 7, 2020 6:33 pm

    Steve has been a life-long friend from meeting each other in grade school at Plymouth Church, through Junior High at Franklin Jr. High and Roosevelt High School. In high school we had our “cars”. Steve had a Corvair with a 4 speed transmission. He wanted to show us how to burn rubber and when he dropped the clutch, the engine fell out of the bottom of the car. Needless to say, Wayne (his dad) was not too impressed!

    Then in ’68 we had the first wedding in “our group”. We remained long distance friends through the years, as we progressed through our business careers. When we’d finally get together, we were “old guys telling stories” and laughing at our years-ago shenanigans. Judy and Patsy would just sit there and let us go on and on!

    Rest in Peace, my friend.

    Doug Daniel

  • Pamela Montgomery Posted July 7, 2020 7:33 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. You will truly be missed by all.

  • Helene M Simmons Posted July 7, 2020 9:19 pm

    It’s difficult to put into words how much Brownie meant to our family. I first met Brownie when he came as a guardian with Ben at a Cub Scout campout, I immediately had a connection with Brownie and asked him to join us more often. Fast forward many years to Boy Scouts, where he helped guide our son from Life Scout to Eagle Scout. My son in now in the Army, and recently he sent Brownie a special patch – that’s how much he touched the lives of others. Those of us from Troop 331 hope he’s now enjoying a bountiful amount of Fiddle Faddle and Slim Jims.

  • Carolyn Smith Posted July 8, 2020 2:08 am

    He bears the name of Brownfield that within its genes comes bravery and commitment to ones country. These characteristics have been carried down through the many generations. His amazing service to his country demonstrated this and we are grateful for his sacrifices. I knew him at Brownfield family reunions as a warm caring cousin, always interested in others and with a welcoming smile. Judy and girls you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Cousin Carolyn Smith

  • Margaret May Posted July 8, 2020 5:40 am

    Sympathy to you Judy and family. I am so sorry to I’m so sorry to hear about Steve. How we cousins have drifted apart. I know you are remembering your 52 years together it’s never easy to let them go but know he’s with God and those gone before and in no pain. Please know my deepest sympathy and prayers for family. Margaret Smitb May

  • Bob & Ann Galley Posted July 8, 2020 11:19 am

    Judy, Ann and I send our love and prayers to you and your wonderful family.  Steve was a wonderful man, a Marine through and through, a good friend and neighbor.  We have so many great memories of our days together in Piedmont and of course on the Elkhorn canoe trips.  You have to be so proud of your daughters and the grandchildren, the service was just wonderful.  Love Bob & Ann Galley

  • Paula Colegrove Posted July 8, 2020 4:58 pm

    Judy my condolances. I am so sorry He was a very nice man to all

  • Penny Rohl Posted September 3, 2020 10:53 am

    I am so sorry to just be hearing of this. Steve was a great Mentor here at Millard South. I enjoyed his smile and positive attitude every time he came through the counseling center door. He will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to your family.

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