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June 05th, 2020

J. Courtney Brown, 86, died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at his home.

He was born Nov. 22, 1933 to Glenn and Mildred (Baine) Brown in Liberal.

He married Patricia Aschman April 5, 1953 in Clayton, N.M. She preceded him in death March 30, 2014. 

He was a graduate of Liberal High School with the Class of 1951. He was recruited for Basketball by Phog Allen with the University of Kansas, Hank Iba with Oklahoma State University, and Ralph Miller with Wichita State University, ultimately choosing to play at Wichita State University.

He was active in Liberal High School athletics and other activities. 

He was an entrepreneur with many business ventures and continuing on with his father at Brown's Furniture.

He enjoyed boating at Lake Wilson and spending time at his cabin in Cuchara, Colo. 

He also enjoyed working his farmland.

Survivors include sons, Michael Scott Brown and wife, Patty, Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Alan Brown and wife, Jolene, Liberal; daughter, Shelly Kay and husband, Ladd Welch, Olathe; brother, Michael Todd Brown, Windsor, Colo.; sister, Stephany Hughes and partner, John Hill, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; eight grandchildren: Ashley Kappelmann and husband, Brock, Jessica Morrow and husband, Matt, Britt Short and husband, David, Todd Brown and wife, Dominique, Brandon Brown and wife, Allison, Lauren Edwards and husband, James, Natalie Lowry and husband, Nic, and Austin Welch; and 21 great-grandchildren: Brady Kappelmann, J. Brooks Kappelmann, Bren Kappelmann, Halle Morrow, Chloe Morrow, Ashlyn Morrow, Brooklyn Short, Peyton Short,McKenna Short, Trenton Short, Hudson Brown, Parker Brown, Quinn Brown, Zoe Brown, Lilah Brown, Gemma Brown, Ivy Brown, Paisley Brown, Kai Brown, Clayton Edwards, Audrey Edwards, Jack Lowry, and Addy Lowry.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Booth Alan Brown.

• Private family services will take place at the Liberal City Cemetery in Liberal.

Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice in care of Miller Mortuary PO Box 826 Liberal, KS 67905-0826

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