Obituary: Richard Leon Brown

May 21, 1929 – November 19, 2023

Richard Leon Brown, 94, of Bedford, passed away at 11:22 a.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born May 21, 1929, in Paoli, IN, he was the son of James Leon and Mary Hazel (Pluris) Brown. He married Luella Louise Jenkins on February 7, 1951, and they enjoyed seventy-two years together. He was a manager for Indianapolis Star News and an electrician for NSWC Crane Public Works. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War and was a member of the Dive Christian Church.

Survived by his wife, Luella, and children, Debra Louise (Brown) Morse and husband, Thomas, of Thailand, Jim Brown and wife, Kathy, of Danville, David Brown, and wife, Patricia, of Williams, Bobby Brown and wife, Faye, of Bedford, Donny Brown and wife, Wendy, of Danville; eighteen grandchildren: Angela Morse, Amber Mooney, Autumn Morse, Richard Morse, Matthew Morse, Charles Morse, Joshua Morse, Austin Brown, Aubrey Harbeson, Allison Doub, Jami Fortin, Jason Brown, Kyle Brown, Kurt Brown, Sheldon Brown, Landon Brown, Ashdon Brown, and Trisdon Brown; twenty-six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Brown.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 25th at the Dive Christian Church with Pastors Joe McAdams and Robert Brown officiating. Military rites will be accorded immediately after the service. Burial will follow in the Paoli Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, at the Dive Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dive Christian Church Children’s Christmas.

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