RUSSELL — James Lacey Brown, 86, of Russell, died March 27, at the Russell Regional Hospital. Born Dec. 28, 1924 on the family farm outside of Russell, he was the son of John A. and Dorothy Ruth (Lacey) Brown. He grew up in Russell County and graduated from Russell High School in 1942. On Dec. 28, 1947 he married Marjorie Anne Moore. She preceded him in death on Jan. 13, 2010. A farmer and rancher his whole life, he farmed the family farm near Russell and his aunt’s farm near Gorham. He also was a plumber and electrician throughout his life. He worked for Carl Maier, Don Dailey Plumbing and Red’s Plumbing before conducting his own business.
Mr. Brown served his country in the United States Army at the end of World War II. He was a member of the Russell Elks Lodge, Kansas Historical Society and many coffee clubs. He also was a member of the school board for 3 Corner School.
Survivors include a daughter, Janet Thurow, Ellinwood; a son, Paul Brown, Victoria, Texas; a sister, Frances Craven, Russell; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother John Brown; and son-in-law Gary C. Milke.
Family will be present to greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the mortuary with a graveside service following the greeting. Friends may visit 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. A memorial has been established with the Russell Public Library. Contributions and condolences may be sent in care of the mortuary.
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Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 31, 2011