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Orlie Kirk Brown

Word was received here in Farnam of the death of Mr. O.K. Brown. A former Farnamnite, he grew to manhood in this community. Funeral services were held Monday, January 25th at the First Methodist Church in Arapahoe. Rev Robert Janacek officiated. Burial was in the Arapahoe cemetery.

Orlie Kirk Brown, son of Sherman Kirk and Sadie A. Brown, was born at Farnam, Nebraska, January 5, 1900 and passed away January 25, 1965 at the Veterans hospital in Knoxville, Iowa.

He attended grade and high school in Farnam and an electrical school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served almost four years of service during World War I. He was one of the few survivors of the U.S.S. Rockefeller which was destroyed during the war.

On November 18, 1919, he was united in marriage to Elsie Dean of Willow Island, Nebraska. After living in Kearney and Cozad, Nebraska, he and his family moved to Arapahoe in 1925, where he was in the plumbing and electrical business, until ill health forced his retirement in 1962.

He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and World War I Barracks. In 1963, he became a member of the Methodist Church in Arapahoe.

Preceding him in death were his parents, one brother, and one sister.

Due to complete failure of health, he entered the Veterans hospital in Knoxville, Iowa on November 3, 1964, where he spent his remaining days.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie, twin sons, Douglas of Long Beach, Calif., and Dr. Darrell of Des Moines, Iowa; three granddaughters and three grandsons; two brothers, Robert of Barstow, Calif., and Harold of Vancouver, Wash.; one sister, Lettie Wilson of Apple Valley, Calif., as well as several nieces and nephews.

The Farnam Press, Thursday, January 28, 1965, Farnam, Nebraska. Vol. 25, Number 13, page 1.

Published: 9/25/2023 - http://www.historicfarnam.us/cemetery/obits/index.asp
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