Ivan Louis Brown, 74, Lonedell, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, in Washington.
Ivan, son of the late James Albert Brown and wife Iva, nee Brown, was born Jan. 17, 1939, in Eureka. As a young man, he was united in marriage and blessed to have two daughters. He was united in marriage to Sandra Kay Jacobs, nee Johnston, Feb. 7, 1998, and their families were joined as one.
Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, James Albert and Iva Brown; and one brother, James Brown.
Ivan is survived by his wife, Sandie Brown, Lonedell; two daughters, Katherine Maierhoffer and husband Thomas, Maryland Heights, and Patricia Moore and husband Ron, St. Clair; two stepdaughters, Kimberly Jordan and husband Rick, Nixa, and Janay Hansen and husband Scott, Springdale, Ark.; mother-in-law, Marie Johnston Hinson and husband Don, St. Clair; five brothers, Albert "Bud" Brown, St. Clair, Wilbert "Gene" Brown and wife Peggie, Pacific, Thomas Brown and wife Sheryl, Villa Ridge, Ronald "Butch" Brown and wife Kim, Rosebud, and Ricky Brown and wife Debbie, Republic; five sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Diekmann, Gerald, Roberta Falls and husband Norman, Eureka, his twin, Iva Hamrick, Ward, Ark., Jacqueline Walker, Springfield, and Connie Butler and husband Charles, St. Clair; 11 grandchildren, T.J. Welch, Alex Maierhoffer, and Katelynn Maierhoffer, all of Maryland Heights, Jake Moore, Jeff Moore, Josh Moore, and Nikki Moore, all of St. Clair, Lizzie Jordan and Josie Jordan, both of Nixa, and Zack Hansen and Posey Hansen, both of Springdale, Ark.; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; great- and great-great-nieces and -nephews; cousins; other relatives and many friends.
Ivan was a Christian and enjoyed attending Fairview United Methodist Church, Grubville. He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army
, entering Dec. 11, 1961, and receiving his honorable discharge Dec. 20, 1963. During his working years, he owned Imperial Oil gas stations in Eureka and Overland, and formed his own company,
K&P Oil. He enjoyed many hobbies during his life, including fishing, gardening and especially going to "the boat." In recent years, he enjoyed raising ducks and chickens, and he and Sandie often went to auctions and flea markets. He was passionate about watching his grandchildren play in sporting events, and he was happiest when he was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at noon. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, with the Rev. John Hampton officiating.
Interment, with full military honors, was held at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis.
Memorials may be made to the family.
The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.