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Louis Leroy Brown

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1939 - 2015

Louis Leroy Brown, born and raised in Willows, California, died April 3, 2015 after a valiant fight with cancer. Born August 20, 1939 into family who owned a nursery and barber shop, Lou attended grade and high school in Willows, playing tackle for the Willows High School Honkers football team. The Honkers won the Championship his senior year. In high school he was something of a rascal, loving parties and fast cars but a sobering talk with a judge and maturity turned him into a responsible, ethical man who loved and cared for his family until death took him from them.

"Big Lou", as he was called in high school, made a career of the Army, retiring after 27 years, a Chief Warrant Officer. Distinguishing himself during combat in Vietnam, the military awarded Louis, among many other awards, the Bronze Star. The Republic of Vietnam awarded him the Vietnam Gallantry Cross. His family's tradition of serving in war is a long one; one ancestor distinguished himself fighting with Henry VII at Bosworth Field and another was an Admiral who fought with Sir Walter Raleigh against the Spanish Armada. Ancestors fought in both the American Revolution and the Civil War.

During his years of military service in charge of Army Communication Centers, teaching electronics, and combat, Lou and his wife, Lanita, raised three great children, Louis Paul Brown, (Marilee Rosing), Michael Brown (Karen Brown), and Lanita Ann Brown (Scott Mylniec). In addition to his children and spouses Lou leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. His sister Coralee Spence survive and lives in Willows.

A year after Lou and Lanita divorced in 1978 Lou met his second love, Betty McDonald- Brown, an Army nurse. It was a romance that lasted the rest of his life although he never got over her loving him when, in his eye, she should have married a General. Louis's family is left wondering how they will manage without him but are resolved to live in ways that would make him proud of them.

Graveside Services will be held on Monday April 13th at 12:30 PM at Northern CA. Veteran's Cemetery at 11800 Gas Point Rd., Igo, CA.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 10th from 4 - 8 p.m. at Scheer Memorial Chapel. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Apr. 10, 2015
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