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OBITUARY

Larry L. Brown

January 19, 1943April 7, 2020

LARRY L. BROWN, 77, of Liberty, Missouri, passed away April 7, 2020 at home, surrounded by his family. Larry was the founder of Larry Brown Excavating, Inc.

A graveside service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Due to gathering restrictions, only family may attend. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Larry was born January 19, 1943 in Ottawa, Kansas to Earl and Esther (Knoth ) Brown. Larry left school in the ninth grade to provide for his mother and four siblings. In 1960, he married Mary Sharon Steele and started a family: sons Chris and Adam, daughter Heather, and eight grandchildren.

Larry supported Sharon through her fight with cancer until her death in 1998.

He married Velma McGregor in 2008 and, through their marriage, gained her four children, ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Larry worked his way from the poorest of beginnings to build a life for his family. He worked 25 years for Myco Construction, and then went into business for himself in 1984. He and Sharon worked to build Larry Brown Excavating into a company that would eventually employ dozens and be passed on to their children.

Larry was a hard worker and a great family man, but he was also an ornery jokester with incredible tales and a knack for pranks. Many of his unbelievable (but true) stories described his numerous brushes with death.

Larry was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon, their infant daughter, Bridget, and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Velma Brown; siblings Rodney Brown, Judy Wright, Becky Donley, and Sandra Jones; his children and their families: Christopher Brown (Mitzi), Casey, Alexandra, Grace, and Olivia; Adam Brown (Marie), Katelyn and Hannah; Heather Wolesky (Matt), Ava and Brady; Velma’s children and their families: Nichole Payne (John), Desiree’, Johnathan, Gracee’; Ashley Truitt (Nick), Jasmyn, Chiara, Dominyc, and great-granddaughter Carrington; Kylee’ Brock (Isaac), Liem, Lyric, Langston, and Lochlan; and Roy McGregor (Tree); Larry’s half-siblings, Earl Brown, Jr., Eric Brown, and Sherry Majors.

In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to the Liberty Education Foundation, where a fund has been set up in Larry’s honor. https://libertyeducationfoundation.org/larrybrown

  • FAMILY

  • Larry was preceded in death by his first wife, Sharon, their infant daughter, Bridget, and his parents. Survivors include his wife, Velma Brown; siblings Rodney Brown, Judy Wright, Becky Donley, and Sandra Jones; his children and their families: Christopher Brown (Mitzi), Casey, Alexandra, Grace, and Olivia; Adam Brown (Marie), Katelyn and Hannah; Heather Wolesky (Matt), Ava and Brady; Velma’s children and their families: Nichole Payne (John), Desiree’, Johnathan, Gracee’; Ashley Truitt (Nick), Jasmyn, Chiara, Dominyc, and great-granddaughter Carrington; Kylee’ Brock (Isaac), Liem, Lyric, Langston, and Lochlan; and Roy McGregor (Tree); Larry’s half-siblings, Earl Brown, Jr., Eric Brown, and Sherry Majors.

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  • PALLBEARERS

  • Dr. Joe Evans, Honorary
  • Robert Fischer, Honorary
  • Jeff Havens, Honorary
  • Kenny Marrs, Honorary
  • Jeff Oehlschlaeger, Honorary
  • Todd Pencook, Honorary

Services

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Toby Proctor

April 15, 2020

Heather and family. We are so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him when you lived on Mersington and the times he would drive by in his red truck. He would always stop and we would talk. He always had a great story and a smile (or was that a snicker) on his face. If ever their was a self made man, it was Larry. Toby and Denise Proctor

Dorman Schofield

April 14, 2020

Prayers to family of Larry Brown a long time friend to a great guy. Arkie

Donna Martin

April 14, 2020

One of the greatest guy I have ever known. He will be missed. A sad day for all who new him. God bless. Love you all. Donnie

Steve Hansen

April 13, 2020

Larry, you will be missed greatly. I always enjoyed talking and working with you and I feel privileged to have known you.
Condolences to the family and rest in peace friend.

Frederick Voigt

April 12, 2020

Larry Brown was a great man, a great contractor, his old school approach to moving dirt will be missed.

My favorite memory of Larry I was at QT, Larry pulls up gets out of his truck, a lady with several children coming out, the children surround Larry he greeted each one. Then he handed the lady a 20 dollar bill and said in his deep gravelly voice them baby's need icecream. I ask Larry, are them your grandchildren, no them kids go to the school I'm working on.

Mike Yeates

April 12, 2020

Larry was a good man with an unforgettable voice. I always enjoyed seeing him driving his red truck around town doing what he loved. We send our condolences and prayers to the Brown family.

Jeff Oehlschlaeger

April 12, 2020

With losing my dad this year, I could always go see traits in Larry to help hang on to memories of my dad. I met The Brow’s in 2003 and starting selling them Bobcats and this amazing friendship with them has grown ever since. Larry was the kind of man that made me want to do whatever I could do to make him proud of me. I remember Larry sitting in his house back last spring after some rough spells hardly able to stay awake apologizing for not making it to my dads visitation. Here he sat sick, worrying about my situation. The world lost a legend with this one but we still have his amazing kids to carry on the legacy.

Thanks for all the good times, stories, and wisdom.

“Kid” (most will understand this)

Steve Imhoff

April 12, 2020

Most people likely knew Larry as a self-made business man with a successful business.

He was this, but to me Larry was the dad to Chris and Adam and the basketball coach for little league basketball back in the 1970s. I grew up with with Chris and Adam and have known both from early childhood.

Look no further than Larry’s children on the quality of a man. They are top notch people, and that is a true testament to the quality of Larry.

Thinking of the Brown Family.

Teresa Senciboy. (Harrington)

April 12, 2020

I am so sorry to hear this. Larry was a wonderful man who always was kind to my sisters and I. We have known him for many years. We started serving him coffee way back in the day at Village Inn. I remember when he would come into Perkins early in mornings for coffee he was always one for a good joke. I would always have his table set up with coffee and coffee cups Larry always like your turning his water glass upside down with the water in it so when I picked it up water would go everywhere, but this one day I decided to pay him back I bought a bag of mini m & m ‘s and filled his coffee cup up with them then turned it upside down like I normally did when he came in that morning he went to turn his coffee cup up to fill it with coffee the candy went everywhere you should of seen him jump, we all had a good laugh, including Larry. Larry has always been a very kind man to myself and my sisters we have all waited on him at some point in our life he will truly be missed may God bless you all.

Janie Senciboy

April 12, 2020

I will never forget Larry, I meant Larry 35 years ago when he use to come into village inn restaurant in Liberty. Larry was the type of person that would make you laugh, he had a heart of gold and he was ornery as can be. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences go out to his family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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