Earl R. Brown Jr.

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Born in Kokomo, Indiana on August 13, 1924

Departed on June 22, 2019 and resided in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Earl R. Brown Jr., age 94, passed away on June 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN. Earl was born August 13, 1924 in Kokomo, Indiana to Evelyn (Crosley) and Earl R. Brown, Sr. A native of Kokomo, Earl graduated from Kokomo High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy in WW2 in the Pacific on the USS Anne Arundel (AP-76), 1943-1946. He received his AB degree from DePauw University in 1950 and his MD degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1955. He took his residency in Radiology at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. Earl was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and Phi Beta Pi medical fraternity.

He married Betty Lee Gunnell, daughter of Chester and Laverna (French) Gunnell of Kokomo on August 29, 1947. To this union five children were born. In 1959, Earl moved back to Kokomo working at St. Joseph Hospital until July of 1964, he then moved to Indianapolis and worked at Community East Hospital until his retirement in February 1, 1985.

Earl and Betty enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Earl was known for his photography and raising roses. When Betty became ill, he was her constant caregiver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty (March 29, 1987), his two brothers: John Brown (2012), John’s wife, Elizabeth Brown (2009), and William Brown, DDS (2014) all from Kokomo, IN.

He is survived by his five children: Bob Brown (Barbara) of Grand Rapids, MI; Janis Johnston (Jerry) of Alton, KS; Jennifer Johnston of Cawker City, KS; Judy Rigsbee (Bruce) of New Palestine, IN; and Ross Brown of Indianapolis, IN; his sister, Corrine Pickering of Kokomo, IN; sister-in-law Sharon Brown of Heber, AR; 17 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

The family is having private graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: Gennesaret Free Clinic, 615 N. Alabama Street Suite 136, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Guestbook Entries

  1. Bruce W. Buchanan June 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. I am honored that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. Please let me know if there is more we can do to help celebrate your loved-one’s life.

    My Warmest Regards,

    Bruce W. Buchanan
    4th Generation Owner
    Since 1881

  2. Sam Davis June 24, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Farewell Dr. Brown. Your wonderful family is a grand legacy.

  3. Merry Evans June 25, 2019 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I pray for you to feel God’s loving arms hugging you. This wonderful family has another special Angel. Prayers for your family in this difficult time.

    Love, Merry Evans

  4. David Young June 26, 2019 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Known to the John Young Family as “Early B”, you will be missed, I enjoyed re-knowing you these past Years. Yours David Young

  5. Sherri Robinson-McCutcheon June 27, 2019 at 6:40 am - Reply

    My sympathy to the Brown Family in the passing of Dr. Brown. What fond memories I have of him at Community Hospital! I loved working with & for him. Also a great guy with a quick wit and a joke to share. Dr. Brown was also a very caring & supporting friend. I will always remember his kindness to me during a difficult time in my life. RIP Dr. Brown & enjoy the golf!

  6. Mark Jones June 27, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

    Dr Brown was a great friend to the Jones family.
    Prayers to the Brown Family
    RIP Brownie and enjoy some golf with Gordo

    Dr Mark and Kimberly Jones

  7. Alex Antreasian- July 5, 2019 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Candle 1I just learned of your dad’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. On behalf of my dad and me, we extend our sincerest sympathies. Love, Alex Antreasian-Thomas and Berj Antreasian

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