Earl E. ‘Buster’ Brown

Earl E. ‘Buster’ Brown, 84, of Clarion passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City.

Memorial services for Buster Brown will be held on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at First United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue North East in Clarion, with Pastor Mike Gudka officiating. A private family burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Forest City.

Visitation for Buster Brown will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home, 1801 Central Avenue East in Clarion, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Earl E. ‘Buster’ Brown was born on October 14, 1931 in Oelwein, Iowa to Donald D. and Helen (Andrews) Brown. He attended elementary schools in West Union, Des Moines, and Martinsdale before moving to Forest City in 1943.

After graduation from high school in 1950 he enlisted in the Navy, spending the greater part of his service in Key West, Florida. After his discharge in 1954, he attended Iowa State University and left to pursue a career in aeronautics. He worked for Piper Aircraft in Florida for over 15 years, and then went to work for Bihrle Applied Research, building model airplanes for wind tunnel testing. He worked for Winnebago Industries in Forest City for a time, before moving to Virginia for a few years to work on top secret models. He then retired to Clarion and married Marlene Anderson in 1992.

Buster was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and Utili Dulci Sunday School Class. He did a lot of volunteer work for the church and community. He also enjoyed traveling, airplanes, making crafts, paint-by-numbers, building model ships, flower gardening, and going out to eat and having coffee with friends. Buster loved watching the birds and squirrels, always making sure they were fed.

Buster is survived by his wife Marlene; his two children, Dorothy Diane (Dee Dee) and her husband Larry Rouse of Los Angeles, California, and Earl E. Brown Jr. of Miami, Florida; two step-sons, Jeff (Toni) Anderson and family of Belmond, and Jan (Betsy) Anderson and family of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and his sister Karen Kerr of Waterloo.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister Barb Wilde; and two nephews, Kevin Kluver and Tracy Kluver.


Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Clarion
1801 Central Avenue East, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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