Charles Eugene Brown, 86, Melvern: Nov. 9, 1933 – June 18, 2020

MELVERN, Kan. – Charles Eugene Brown, 86, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Sunset Manor, Waverly, Kan. He was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Barnard, Kan., the son of Charles Milton and Jean Elizabeth (Duncan-Cramb) Brown.

Charles grew up and attended school in Barnard, graduating from Mulvane High School in 1952.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1953. He served as “Truck Driver, Heavy” in South Korea, and was discharged in 1955. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal.

He was united in marriage to Janet Eloise Bishop on Oct. 27, 1956, in Mulvane, Kan. They moved to a farm outside Melvern, Kan., and raised dairy cattle and delivered milk. They had three daughters, Linda, Judy and Holly while living there. Then, Charles took a job in the maintenance department of KU Medical Center. He eventually became the foreman of the maintenance department and retired in 1995.

The family had moved to a different farm in the Melvern community in 1968, when their fourth daughter, Jolene, was born. Charles served as the Melvern justice of the peace in the 1970s and 80s. In his retirement, he worked as a maintenance man for Tri-Lakes Cooperative, and drove buses for USD 456 for many years.

Charles enjoyed working on the farm, raising cattle, and cutting wood. He laid numerous rock fences from the area’s rocky soil. He even brought back limestone post rocks from Lincoln County, where he grew up.

He and Janet raised poultry and many kinds of livestock. They were members of a gardening club and had a beautiful yard with iris and other flowers. Charles enjoyed carpentry work and made many pieces of furniture and cabinetry for the house he built in Melvern.

Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Janet; a grandson, Cameron Clemens; and a great-grandson, Bradly Dickey.

Charles is survived by four daughters, Linda Lawhorn and husband, Jack, of Melvern, Judy Wisocki and husband, Jeff, Dallas, Texas, Holly Alvarez and husband, Seledonio, Hartford, Kan., and Jolene DeMaranville and husband, Chris, Melvern; two brothers, Stanley Brown, Topeka, Kan., and Jonathon Brown, Lawrence, Kan.; brother-in-law, Merrill Bishop, Charlottesville, Va.; sister-in-law, Myrna Bishop, Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren, Erin Dicky, Joseph Lawhorn, Jennifer Thompson, Caleb Clemens, Jacob Streeter, Christopher Clemens and Grace, Charlie and Demi DeMaranville; and six great-grandchildren.

Private family memorial services will be held at a later date.

Charles had spent the last six years in the five-star Sunset Manor nursing home, which has remained COVID-19 free throughout the pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all donations for PPE be sent to support the local front line workers, made payable to Sunset Manor Memorial, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Condolences can be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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