Richard L. Brown, age 85, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away at 1:10 am on October 19, 2020 at the Marigold Nursing Home in Galesburg, Illinois. Richard was born on September 6, 1935 in Colchester, Illinois and is the son of Herbert Mckinley and Phoebe Jane Phillips Brown. Richard attended schools in Colchester and graduated from the Colchester High School with the class of 1953. He then attended two years of college in Industry Arts and Physical Education. Richard then nobly served his country as a PFC E-3 in the United States Army serving during the Korean War. Richard was first married to Norma J. Chenoweth for ten years and she passed away in 2012. His very special friend, Helen Wells and he were together for the next twenty years until her death. Richard has been self employed in Construction and operated the Brown Construction company locally for fifty years. Richard loved to umpire Little League and High School baseball for a number of years. He also loved to assemble stained glass and do woodworking He also had a passion for Model Trains and just like to build things.
Surviving him is one son, Rick Brown and Kim of Abingdon, Illinois and three grandsons, Cody Brown and Brittany, Ellis Walpole, and Timothy Walpole, all of Abingdon, Illinois. One great granddaughter survives, Ryleigh Brown of Abingdon, and his brother, Charlie Brown and Kathy of Bartonville, Illinois. Richard is preceded in his death by his parents, two brothers, and four sisters.
A graveside funeral service with Military Honors for the interment of his ashes, is planned on Saturday October 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Veterans Lot of Monmouth Cemetery. Friends may call and pay their respects to Richard on Friday and Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 prior to the graveside funeral. A memorial fund is being established by his family.
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