November 8, 2001
LEO ELDON BROWN
(11/15/1921 - 10/29/2001)
Leo Eldon Brown, 79, son of Milton Clay and Mable Jolliff Brown was born November 15, 1921, near Rutledge, MO and passed away at the V.A. Medical Center in Iowa City, IA on October 29, 2001.
He graduated from the Memphis High School, Memphis, MO with the class of 1939. He was inducted into the Army in August 1942 at Ft. Sheridan, IL and did his training in California before spending 21 months in the Aleutians on the islands of Attu and Shemya. He was discharged from the Army at Ft. Bliss, TX on November 4, 1945.
On August 11, 1945 he married Jewell Norton in Memphis, MO. They are the parents of four children.
He had an auto repair shop for many years. He worked for six years with his son in Tulsa, OK, in his aviation engine and cylinder repair shop. In later years he repaired and refinished old furniture. This was his most enjoyable pastime. He was a pilot and restored a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub. The only plane to ever sit on the courthouse lawn and go around the square in the Antique Days Parade.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years; his children, Janice K. Lehr of Tulsa, OK, Larry Brown and his wife, Kathy of Nowata, OK, Linda Kapfer of Memphis, MO, and Beverly Rhoades of Moscow, ID; seven grand-children, Juanita Christenson, Joey and Erica Jones, Brian Rhoades, Aaron Lehr, Brandi Kapfer and Laura Hufferd; six great-grandchildren, Ashley and Shelby Renkes, Brad Jones, Aaron Jr., Courtney Jewel and Allison Lehr; two nieces, Reva Hustead and Neta Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Vivian Phillips and two grandsons, Carl Leo Lehr and Brenton Alan Rhoades.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
The family has suggested memorials to the Scotland County Memorial Library.
Funeral services were held November 1, 2001 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis, MO, with Brother Jack Sumption officiating. Soloist was Joe Fulk. Body bearers were Waldo McWilliam, Bob Shanes, Franklin Reed, Keith Dunn, Wesley Lay and Bill Coffrin. Special honorary bearer was David McRobert. Military graveside services were provided by the Wallace Gillespie Post #4958, Memphis, MO. Interment was in the Bible Grove Church of Christ Cemetery, Bible Grove, MO. Payne Funeral Chapel of Memphis, MO was in charge of arrangements.