Stanley D. Brown, 83, Topeka: Jan. 2, 1938 – Oct. 20, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Stanley D. Brown, 83, Topeka: Jan. 2, 1938 – Oct. 20, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. – unexpectedly passed away Oct. 20, 2021, at Stormont Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan., after a short bout with cancer. He was born Jan. 2, 1938, in a farm house near Milo, Kan., in Lincoln County, the son of Charles and Jean Duncan Brown.

Stanley graduated from Mulvane High School, Mulvane, Kan., and later Emporia State University.

Stanley married Carol Ann Olson, in 1960. Stan and Carol raised three children, Bruce, Brenda (Nichols), and Barry. There are many memories of car trips that included stopping by roadside attractions and opportunities to learn Kansas history.

Stan became a high school social studies teacher and coach at several small schools around Kansas, including Northern Heights, Chase, Clifton, Lebo and Hartford. He coached football and impacted the lives of many young people. Later, he went back to Emporia State to get a Master’s Degree in School Psychology and worked as a school psychologist for 25 years with the Three Lakes Educational Cooperative, in the Osage City and Lyndon areas. After retirement, he continued to work in the Osage City School system as an educator in classrooms for youth with challenging behaviors. Stan positively impacted the lives of thousands of children and youth.

Stan was a man of Christian faith and was involved in church activities.

Carol passed away in 2004, and Stan married Shirley Davis in January 2008, in Topeka. Stan and Shirley lived an active life, in recent years living at the McCrite Plaza Senior Community. They went on organized trips and family vacations. Together they attended the First Baptist Church and were involved with many activities, including Topeka Justice Unity and Ministry Project.

Stan was an avid walker and could often be seen walking or jogging the grounds at McCrite, using the treadmill machine, or making trips up and down the stairs. He was good at engaging in conversation with anyone. He continued to enjoy short trips with his grandsons to Royals games and the like.

He was proud of his children, their accomplishments, and their character. He lit up when seeing any of his five grandchildren, David Nichols, Daniel Nichols, Bethanie Atkinson, Megan Barnard, and Kaitlyn Brown, or five great-grandchildren. He also enjoyed spending time with Shirley’s family, including all of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jean Brown; brother, James, and oldest brother, Charles; and his wife, Carol.

He is survived by loving wife, Shirley Davis, of Topeka; son Bruce Brown (Julie), Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; daughter, Brenda Nichols (Dan), Emporia; and son, Barry Brown, Melvern, Kan.; and brother, Jon Brown (Judy), Lawrence, Kan.

Stan will be missed by many. He had many friends. He made a difference in this world.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the First Baptist Church, 3033 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka. The family will receive friends 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to McCrite Plaza, 1608 SW 37th St., Topeka, KS 66611. Condolences can be left at

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