Charles W. Brown

A Celebration of Life for Charles W. Brown, 73, Ottawa will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April, 16, 2016 at Centropolis Baptist Church, 717 Centropolis Avenue, Centropolis, KS 66067. Green burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Evergreen Mound Cemetery in Ottawa. He passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his home in Ottawa with the loving support of his family.

Charles was born July 14, 1942 in Ft. Lupton, CO the son of Charles A. and Anna (Baldwin) Brown.

At the age of two, his family moved to Centropolis, Kansas where he grew up learning to farm the land he loved. As a young man, he served his country in the United States Army for three years.

He was a member of the Centropolis Baptist Church. He loved farming and his cattle herd. Special memories were made with his family as Charley helped each daughter’s family build their homes. Later in life he enjoyed scrap ironing. As he recognized the end of his life was near, he put his wife’s needs first and gave up his farm to move to town where they enjoyed the rest of his life together. He will be missed by all his friends and family.

He worked for Hallmark Cards in Lawrence for 28 years.

He married Shirley Ann LaNier August 14, 1965. They were married for 50 years. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Betty Simpson and husband, Bob, Baldwin City, KS; Linda Eubanks, and husband, Ted, Ottawa, KS; Connie Tate and husband, Mike, Lawrence, KS; eight grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; three sisters, Agnes Richmond, Ruth Coppola, and Bess Oldham. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marie Sickler; and two brothers, Harold and Roy Brown.

The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15th and also on Saturday prior to the service from 9:00 – 9:40 a.m. at the Centropolis Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his name to the Centropolis Baptist Church or VITAS Hospice and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS 66044.

12 Condolences

  1. Mary Higgins on April 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I just want to let Charlie’s family know that I am thinking of them in this sad time. Charlie was my maintenance man at Hallmarks for many yrs, he was always a joy to work with. He was so proud of his family ,and his farm. He gave cancer a long hard battle. RIP my friend.

  2. Kay Vogler on April 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers.

  3. Mary Garber on April 14, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    RIP Charlie. A long time Good Friend. Sending love, hugs and prayers to your family

  4. Kris Larsen on April 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Charles took such good care of my friend Shirley when it became clear that his days were numbered. A wonderful example of a godly husband. As was the care that Shirley and family gave Charles to the end. A wonderful legacy of family love. God’s love and peace to you all.

  5. LaVon and Galen Harris on April 14, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Sympathy and love to all of the Brown family….

  6. june carroll on April 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    My Yank, I am so sorry for your loss. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.You have many happy loving memories to help you through this time. When you are ready to talk I am here to listen.My love to you and your children.. southern belle

  7. june carroll on April 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

    My Yank,so sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.You have many loving memories to help you through this,along with the love of your family and friends. When you are ready to talk I will be here for you to listen. Once again my prayers are with all of you. love, southern belle

  8. Carol on April 15, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I knew Charlie from work. What a very good man and he was a joy to visit with. He seemed to always have a smile on his face.
    He was the maintenance man for us and was always there to help when he could.

    He will be missed by so many.
    Prayers to the family.Rest in Peace Charles.

  9. Mary Ann Oswald on April 15, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Shirley you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May precious memories bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  10. Cheryl Bell on April 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Linda, So Sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

  11. Karen Chase on April 15, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Shirley, there are not enough words to show our appreciation for what Charlie and you did for us over the past 30 plus years. Just know we love you and family and share your sadnes in losing Charles. We know he is our loving Lord’s hands and suffers no longer.

  12. Rick and Susan Berg on April 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Our deep condolences to your family……..every step of the way has been with love. Charles is at peace….and may that peace, along with many memories, be with you all. We Love you, Shirley

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