BROWN, Richard Aug 11, 1930 – Oct 28, 2021

Richard R. Brown, of Winamac, passed away Oct. 28, 2021.
He was born Aug. 11, 1930, in Medaryville, Indiana, to the late Harry and C. Ferrell (Freeman) Brown.
The family relocated from Medaryville to Ripley, Indiana, when Richard was 6 months old. They lived in and operated the Ripley grocery store and gas station.
At 9 years old, Richard took his first job weeding mint (11 cents an hour) for Art Gumz. He attended Ripley School (through the eighth grade) as well as Ripley Gospel Chapel.
Richard worked in construction and helped build the Ripley Gospel Church building and the Memorial Chapel at Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana. In 1950, he went on the wheat harvest in Kansas; hopping trains to get there (from Logansport, Indiana, to Wickenburg, Arizona, to Kansas City, Kansas).
Richard began his 41 1/2-year career with the Erie-Lackawanna-Conrail Railroad in 1951 and retired in 1992.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 2014, he was proud to take part in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Richard was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and church member.
On Dec. 11, 1955, Richard married the love of his life, Eleanor L. Strand, in Winamac.
She passed away July 9, 2002.
Richard was a longtime member of Pleasant Hill Lake Bruce Community Church in Lake Bruce, Indiana, where he served multiple terms as trustee. He enjoyed traveling as well as playing pinochle and euchre. He also especially enjoyed tinkering and supervising at the farm.
Richard was a well-known storyteller with a sharp mind until his last day. He was truly one-of-a-kind and will be sincerely missed by many.
He is survived by Linda L. Brown, Monterey, Indiana, daughter; Melvin R. (Belen) Brown, Monterey, Indiana, son; Larry R. Brown, Monterey, Indiana, son; John Ray Brown and Justin Michael Brown, twin grandsons; Dillon Nonato Brown, grandson; Lola Lauder, Oxford, Michigan, sister; Leonard L. Brown, Rochester, Indiana, brother; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, Indiana.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Pleasant Hill Lake Bruce Community Church in Lake Bruce, Indiana.
Burial will take place in Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, Indiana. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Lake Bruce Community Church.
Online tributes may be made at

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