Archive for Friday, January 1, 1999


January 1, 1999


— Services for Lawrence C. Brown, 89, Valley Falls, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Valley Falls Cemetery.

Mr. Brown died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at a Topeka hospital.

He was born Dec. 22, 1909, in Muscotah, the son of Fred and Ellen Clark Brown.

He farmed in the Valley Falls area from 1937 to 1953. He also owned and operated a John Deere Equipment and Implement Co. and had worked for the Needham Implement Co. in Valley Falls. He also had owned and operated the Brown's Firestone Tire Service in Effingham for several years.

He was a member of the Valley Falls United Methodist Church and the I.O.O.F. Lodge in Valley Falls. He had also served one term as the mayor of Effingham.

He married Goldie May Shafer on March 1, 1928, in St. Joseph, Mo. She died on Aug. 6, 1952. He then married Ruth L. Smith Frakes in September of 1953. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Lawrence E. "Skeet," Topeka, and Jim, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Ruby Allen, Strasburg, Co.; three stepsons, Bud Frakes, Roger Frakes and Ronnie Frakes, all of Valley Falls; a stepdaughter, Patricia Jackson, Valley Falls; two brothers, Kenneth, Valley Falls, and Leonard, Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren; 23 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa.

The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society; they may be sent in care of the Barnett Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, Oskaloosa, 66066.

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