AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A funeral is scheduled today for Robert Sandy Brown, a lifelong resident of the Los Nietos-Whittier area, who died Thursday after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 58.The funeral will be at 11 a.m. at White Emerson Mortuary, 13304 Philadelpia St., with interment at Olive Lawn Cemetery in La Mirada.Brown was born March 22, 1947, in Whittier and raised in Los Nietos. His humble childhood filled him with determination to achieve.After his graduation from Pioneer High School in 1965, Brown met Rosellen on a blind date and married her in 1967.He began working at a hardware store when he was 10, then went to work at Barrett’s Service Station. In 1966, he began a career at General Telephone Co. His work ethic earned him many promotions.While he worked, he attended Cerritos College and earned six associate’s degrees. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of La Verne. He retired at 47.In 2000, Brown was diagnosed with Lou Gerhig’s Disease. While his health declined, he managed to fulfill his dream of traveling to the United Kingdom.He loved to read, do woodworking and gardening, fish and golf.He was also an avid baseball fan, continuing to attend Angels games as he neared death. He was unable to speak, eat or move the past few years but maintained his courage.He is survived by his wife, daughters Michele and Robin, and four grandsons: Jed, Ernie, Ethan and Ryan.The ALS Association helped Brown with support and loan of specialized equipment. Donations can be made in Brown’s name at ALAAOC, 2230 W. Chapman Ave., 123 Orange, CA 92868.