09-31-2020 Marlin Brown, 87

Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Marlin Brown, age 87, of rural Corning, who passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Visitation will be held Friday at the Ritchie Funeral Home from 3 to 7 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Memorials may be given in his name. Due to the restrictions of Covid-19 we ask that you are brief at both the visitation and services. Memories may be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Walter Marlin Brown was born April 27, 1933, on a farm southwest of Corning, Iowa, the son of Walter Fremont Brown and Ruth L. (Haigler) Brown, and he passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Marlin lived his entire life on the farm where he was born.
Marlin attended country grade school through 8th grade. Marlin and Burdean Klinzman were united in marriage September 13, 1952, in Maryville, Missouri. The couple were blessed with the birth of three children, Stephanie, Sandra and Steven. Later they were blessed with five grandchildren, Travis Thompson, Doug Brown, Kristy Brown, Leah Hood and Kristin Hood. They were also blessed with two great-grandchildren, Avery Mae Brown and Abie Kilroy.
Marlin loved to visit with people and loved the art of sales. He also loved to take people to eat either to the house or to town. He was in the Allis Chalmers business from 1954 to 1967. He was in the truck sales and repair business from 1975 through 1985. He also sold Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth vehicles from 1980 through 1985, all from the family farm! During most of this time, Marlin was one of the larger farmers of the time. From 1988 through 2002, Marlin and Burdean ran a truck over the road; sometimes being gone three months at a time.
Marlin was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ruth Brown; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Marlin is survived by his loving wife of almost 68 years, Burdean Brown; two daughters, Stephanie Thompson and Sandy Hood and husband Steve; a son, Steve Brown and wife Diane; five grandchildren, Travis Thompson and wife Katie; Doug Brown and wife Tami; Leah Hood and husband Brian Schenk; Kristy Lusk and husband Nathan; and Kristin Hood; two great-grandchildren, Avery Mae Brown and Abie Kilroy. He is also survived by his sister, Mildred Walter of Lenox, Iowa, and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Shelman of Portland, Oregon, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Marlin was and still is a very important part of our family
and will be so greatly missed by all of us.

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