Richard Brown, age 90, of Sac City, IA, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City, IA.
Richard Foster Brown, only son of F. Willard and Edna Foster Brown was born on July 10, 1931, in Sac City, Iowa. He grew to manhood in Sac City and graduated from Sac City High School in 1950. In February 1952, he was drafted into the Army, taking his basic training and schooling at the Quartermaster Replacement Training Center, Fort Lee, Virginia. He was sent to Pusan, South Korea, during the Korean conflict and served as a parts clerk and bookkeeper in the Maintenance Department of the 47th Motor Pool. He was honorably discharged in 1954, having attained the rank of Corporal. He returned to Sac City and worked for the Farmers Lumber Co. and Redi-Mix plant for 20 years; then worked for the Farm & Home Hardware store for 20 years before retiring in 1996.
Richard was baptized in the First Christian Church in Sac City at a young age. He faithfully served in the church throughout his lifetime, serving as a deacon, an elder, church board moderator, and teaching Sunday School classes for many years. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post No. 195 where he was a past commander. He was a member of the Sac City Lion’s Club where he served as the club’s secretary for many years and was a faithful participant in all their community service activities. In 2006, Richard was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Club International Foundation. This is the Foundation’s highest honor and is given in recognition of commitment to humanitarian service.
Richard enjoyed bowling and belonged to a bowling league for many years. He also enjoyed gardening and maintained a large garden as long as he was able. Richard had a soft spot in his heart for kids and loved being with his niece and nephews. He especially enjoyed going to Texas with his sister’s family at Christmastime to spend the holidays with them.
Richard became a resident of Park View Rehab Center in May 2019 and passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2021. Left to cherish his memory is his sister, Harriett Gross of Manning, Iowa, his niece, Lori, and husband, Ken Maynard of Waterloo, Iowa, his nephews, Randy, and wife, Pam Gross of Baytown, Texas, and Kyle Gross of Olney, Texas. Also, extended family members, Jennifer Peacemaker, Joey Gross, and Michael Gross, as well as other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Lyle Gross.
Memorials in Richard’s memory can be directed to the First Christian Church 521 Park Ave, Sac City, IA 50583.