Wayne A. Brown, 94, of Marshalltown, IA, and Mesa, AZ, passed away peacefully in his Mesa home December 28, 2017. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W. Main Street in Marshalltown. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Wayne was born August 12, 1923, in Marshalltown. The oldest son of Raymond and Mabel (Legg) Brown, he grew up on a farm north of town and graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1941. He worked on the family farm before joining the Army in 1943. He proudly served with the 4th Infantry Division in WWII and was a part of the Normandy Campaign, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. Wayne received several medals including three Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars, and the most coveted for an Infantry man, The Combat Infantry Badge. Wayne returned home and married his sweetheart, Lois Jerry Sutherland, on July 26, 1945. He enjoyed farming for 19 years until a back injury forced him off the farm. He spent the next 20 plus years working for the Marshalltown Water Works and as bookkeeper at McCubbin Seed Farm. Upon retirement, Wayne and Jerry spent the next 27 years wintering in Mesa, AZ. They both enjoyed the warm weather and made many good friends in the Mesa area. He continued his love of bowling and took up Rolle Bolle. Wayne will be remembered as a devoted husband and a loving father and grandpa. He was friends with everyone he met and truly knew no strangers. He was a member of Albion Methodist Church. He was a very proud Veteran and a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Hawkeye Chapter of the Battle of the Bulge. He was active in the 4th Infantry Division Association for which he acted as National Treasurer for 21 years and attended annual reunions for over 50 years. Wayne spent his entire life living by the 4th Division motto, Steadfast and Loyal.
Wayne is survived by three children, Candy (Darrell) Baker, Stephen (Jenny) Brown of Marshalltown, and Cristie (Phill Loersch) Brown-Gillibrand of Chandler, AZ. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Laura (Chip) Baker-Thomas, Melanie (Caryn) Brown and Amy (Beka) Brown; eight great grandchildren, Dana, Kayla, Mason, Nick, Jack, Kobi, Seton, and Richie, and three great great grandchildren, Maddie, Meredith, and Leilani. Also surviving is a sister, Shirley Martin, of Albion, IA. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Jerry, on December 31, 2016, grandson Wade Baker, two brothers in infancy, brother Lyle Brown, sister Gretchen Owen, and son-in-law Jim Gillibrand.
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