Wilbur Julian Brown, 85, of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, at D. W. Newcomer's Longview Funeral Home and Cemetery, with burial immediately following at Longview Memorial Gardens. Visitation from 12:00 – 1:00 at the funeral home. He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Julie and Paul Miller of Overland Park, Debbie and Paul Taylor of the home, and Cindy and Allen Hale of Kansas City, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Flora, and his brothers, James Wallace Brown and Lewis Brandon Brown. The family suggests contributions to Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital or Kansas City Hospice.
Brownie was born in St. Clair County, Missouri, on January 29, 1927, to Lewis Brown and Anna Garrison Brown. As a boy he worked at his grandparents' general store in Iconium. That store is now well-known for the peach floats popular with boy scouts at Camp Bartle.
After graduation from Osceola High School, he enlisted in the Navy, and served in the Philippines during World War II. After the war he attended the University of Missouri. In 1948 he began his career with the Kansas City, Missouri, Parks Department, retiring in 1988 as City Forester. Also in 1948, he married Flora Jean Kendrick of Camden, Missouri. They were married 52 years, until her death in 2000. He missed her every day of his life. After retirement, he and Flo moved to Pickering Place in Belton, where they enjoyed their time with their many friends there. He was a member of Belton Christian Church.
Brownie was a long-time coach and volunteer for Minute Circle Friendly House. He was a life member of the Harem Unit of the Ararat Shrine Temple.
Brownie was an all-world husband, father, grandfather, and gardener. He was kind and generous to everyone lucky enough to cross his path. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. (Arr. Newcomer's Longview Funeral Home, 12700 S. Raytown Rd. Kansas City, Mo. 816-761-6272)