Ray Brown

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Ray Brown

Funeral services for Mr. Ray Brown, 84, of Spencer will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Warner Chapel in Spencer. Rev. Paul Hansen will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer. Military services will be conducted by the American Legion Glen Pedersen Post 1 in Spencer.

Organist will be Anna Gibson and soloist will be Gary Klett.

"How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross" will be the hymns.

Pallbearers: Billy Brown, Gary Stevenson, Everett "Bud" Norris, Denny Stevenson, Fred Christoffer III and Kevin Brown.

Mr. Brown passed away Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.

Ray was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Monroe County, Ia., to William and Phebie Newman Brown. After graduating from Moravia High School he joined the Army on Nov. 10, 1945, during WWII.

After an Honorable Discharge on Jan. 20, 1947, Ray began working for the telephone Company. While working Ray met and married Delores Stevenson on Nov. 18, 1948, in Jackson, Minn. Ray also worked for Block Works and retired from Spencer foods after 35 years. After retirement Ray worked part-time for Dekalb.

Ray was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed hunting, Nascar, coin collecting, gardening, and canning his own food, especially strawberry jam.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Delores; three brothers; Harold, Richard, and Charles Brown; and two sisters; Virgie Foster and Elsie Stickler.

Left to cherish his memory are four children: Bill (Lisa) Brown of Shelbina, Mo., Ray Brown of Des Moines, Linda (Donnie) of Spencer, and Kathy (Gene) of Durango, Colo.; seven grandchildren: Buddy Norris, Tammy Elliott, Kevin, Bill Derek, Heather and Amber Brown; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Zelda Kuhns of Ottumwa, Ia.; other relatives and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.