In Memoriam: Rance Robbins Brown (October 23, 1937 – December 2, 2023)
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Rance Robbins Brown, a man of unwavering fortitude and indelible spirit, who departed this world on December 2, 2023, at his residence, succumbing to cancer. Born in the hamlet of Oolitic, Indiana, on October 23, 1937, Rance’s life was a testament to resilience, humor, and a commitment to service.
The late Rance Brown is survived by his devoted sons, Jason R. Brown of St. Louis and Kevin S. Brown of Springfield, Missouri, and their respective spouses Paula and Linda.
Cherished in his legacy are three adored grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, and Jacob Rance Brown. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Iota Brown, leaving a void that only the fondest memories can begin to fill.
In his formative years, Rance honed his work ethic in the familial domain, laboring in his mother’s quaint Oolitic greasy spoon. This early introduction to the rigors of the workforce laid the foundation for a lifetime of diligence and dedication.
Rance answered the call of duty during his youth, volunteering for military service and being assigned to the esteemed Air Force Intelligence within the 351st Strategic Missile Wing from 1959 to 1963. His commitment to the nation led him to foreign lands, stationed overseas in the picturesque Azores. Following his honorable discharge, Rance transitioned seamlessly into civilian life, contributing his skills as an underwriter at Ohio Casualty.
A distinguished graveside service and military funeral commemorating Rance’s honorable service to his country, will be conducted at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. His final resting place will be alongside fellow patriots, eternally commemorated for his commitment to duty. Funeral procession will depart KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. (meeting on the parking lot) on Thursday, December 7, 12:30 p.m. to J.B. National Cemetery for Military Honor Service 1 p.m.
Rance Robbins Brown will forever be remembered as a beacon of levity and camaraderie, adorned with a perpetual smile and an inexhaustible repertoire of jests. Renowned for his mischievous pranks, he leaves behind a legacy of laughter and warmth that will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of sharing in his joyous company. As we bid farewell to this exceptional man, let us celebrate a life lived with valor, humor, and an enduring commitment to family and country. A KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY SERVICE