Clarence E. Brown, 87, of Wyoming, passed away at the Anamosa Care Center on June 18, 2019.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Wyoming. The visitation was held from 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church prior to the service. Burial was held at the Wyoming Cemetery with military honors. Lahey and Dawson Funeral Service is assisting the family at this time.

Clarence, also known as “Stretch,” was born on May 18, 1932, to Elmer and Belva “Irene” (Robinson) Brown in Warsaw, Ill. He graduated from Wyoming High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Bahnsen, on April 19, 1952, at the Methodist church. He worked at STAR Building Systems making steel buildings.

Clarence was a member of the United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and was the church treasurer for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 259 of Wyoming. He was a volunteer fireman as well as on the town council for many years. He raised flowers in a green house and especially loved his orchids. He also enjoyed wood working, stamp collecting and mushroom hunting. He was a member of a card club for many years was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed country western movies.

He served honorably and faithfully in the United States Army during the Korean war. 

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 67 years, Phyllis; two children, Ron (Pam) Brown of Rock Island and Carol (Arnold) St. John of DeWitt; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Duane Brown of Illinois.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Joan, Norma and Mary Sue.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to his family in his honor.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

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