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Larry LeRoy Brown, youngest child of Robert LeRoy and Madge (McCullough) Brown, was born May 26, 1938, in Decatur County, IA and passed away August 22 at the age of 82.
Larry grew up on a century farm in Ringgold County, IA west of Lamoni with brother, Roger, and sister, Sharon. He developed a love of raising and showing cattle through 4-H, and that love continued throughout his life, carrying on a Brown family tradition.
He graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1956, Northwest Missouri State in 1962 and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration / Political Science from Iowa State University in 1976. Larry taught school in Burlington, IA for two years, and was the Director of the Human Services Department for 44 years in Mount Ayr, in addition to maintaining his farming operation.
On December 17, 1967, Larry married Joen Gross at the United Methodist Church in Mount Ayr. This union was blessed with two sons, Dustin (wife Kathy) Brown and Trenton “T.J.” Brown.
In his retirement years, Larry and Joen enjoyed spending winters and much of their time at their condo in Branson and recently enjoyed two Caribbean cruises and a memorable trip to Alaska. They were also avid Northwest Missouri State football fans and enjoyed traveling to Maryville, MO watching their games with the season passes they had for many years.
Most of all, Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and took pride in watching his two sons grow and share the values he and Joen instilled in them.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Roger Brown and Sharon Brown Cooper; sister-in-law, Jayne Gross Rivera.
He is survived by Joen, his loving wife of nearly 53 years; sons, Dustin (wife Kathy) Brown and Trenton “T.J.” Brown; grandchildren, Courtney Enderby, Tiffany Lucas, and Natalie Greathouse; great grandchildren, Makayla (Johnathan) Maples, Makenzi Armitage, Clayton Herriot, Payton Lucas, Braiden Sigler and Mason Greathouse; great-great grandchildren, Knox Armitage and Sutton Jane Maples; sister-in-law, Peggy Brown; brothers-in-law, Jack (Marlene) Gross and Joe (Jennifer) Rivera; nephews, Scott Cooper, Perry Brown, Roger Brown, Joey Rivera, Jason Gross; nieces, Ronda Hefly, Shari Atwood and Melanie Gross.
Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, IA.
Officiating was Rev. Emily Peasley.
Songs were “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”, “Lean On Me” and “Amazing Grace”.
Honorary pallbearers were Dick Jackson, Phil Burmeister, Dave Still, Dick Simpson, Lynn Rinehart, Travis Barnes, Larry Sickels, Scott Cooper, Bob Pottorff and Bob Kibbe.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, IA.
Memorials are to Ringgold County 4-H and Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.

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