January 20, 2021 Wayne Brown, 98
Wayne Brown, 98
Funeral Celebration of Life Services for Wayne Brown, age 98, of Creston, who passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, at The Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 1:00 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox. Visitation with the family greeting friends will be one hour prior to services. Interment will be held at Prairie Rose Cemetery in Adams County, with military rites. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox, where we ‘Celebrate Life’.
Otho Wayne Brown was born August 12, 1922, in Iveyville, Iowa the son of Otho Brown and Pearl (Gill) Brown. He grew up in Iveyville, and his Grandmother Maggie helped raise him as his mother unexpectedly passed away when he was young. He attended country school through the eighth grade. His father Otho was united in marriage to Eunice Smith, and the family continued to live in Iveyville. On January 26, 1944, Wayne answered the call to serve his county, entering the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He was honorably discharged in September of 1946. In 1945, he was united in marriage to Marian Grasmick in Rocky Ford, Colorado. To this union a son Dennis was born. Eventually Wayne was blessed with three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, which brought great joy to his life.
After he was discharged from the service, the family spent most of their lives in California, where Wayne was a business man who started Wayne Brown & Associates with his son, in the bay area of California. Wayne and Marian enjoyed traveling, taking several cruises, and visiting Alaska and Hawaii. In January of 2012, the love of his life, Marian, passed away. Eventually, Wayne returned to his roots in Iowa where he enjoyed going back to the family farm and spending time with his cousin Marlin and his wife Burdean, Steve, Diane, Doug, Tami and Avery.
Those left to cherish Wayne’s memory include his son, Dennis Brown and wife Barbara of Littleton, Colorado; three grandchildren, Melinda Brown, Matthew Brown and wife Cheryl, and David Brown, all of Colorado; six great-grandchildren, Kayla, Maggie, Jacob, Samara, Clara and Joseph, all of Colorado; also his cousin’s wife, Burdean Brown of Corning; along with many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Wayne in death are his parents, Otho and Pearl Brown; his step-mother Eunice Brown; his loving wife Marian Brown and his cousin Marlin Brown.
We will forever hold the precious memories of Wayne in our hearts.
May he be at peace in God’s loving care.