John Thomas Brown
John Thomas Brown (J.T. or Johnny) was born in Lockwood, Mo., on April 4, 1919, to Euard Thaxton Brown and Elva Mattrisa Priddy Brown. As a young man he raised prize-winning live stock and helped farm on the family farm. He married Esther Ruth Wilcox on June 15, 1942. (They were married for just short of 76 years)
John served in the Army during WWII and was a decorated soldier, and also a German Prisoner Of War. After his military service, he attended Agriculture College and studied genetics. For years he raised cattle, rabbits, birds and dogs, practicing selective breeding that made his champion livestock sought after for breeding stock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Irene Brown Newman, his brother, E. Delbert Brown, and his wife, Esther. He is survived by his children, Lylian Brown Rogers of Benton, Ky., Nancy and Laddie Tabor of Columbus, Kan., John David Brown and Lane Thaxton Brown of Flagstaff, Ariz., Norman and Diann Braun of Osawatomie, Kan., and daughters-in-law Marlene Brown and Karen Brown, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John and Esther lived in Williams, Ariz., for several years before returning to the Midwest in 1992. They have lived together in Fort Scott Medicalodges, Fort Scott, Kan., since 2013
John worked twice at the College of the Ozarks and was honored for his military service by Tom Brokaw, author of “The Greatest Generation,” in 2004.
Committal services will be Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Kan. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Post 257, El Dorado Springs, Mo. Attendees are encouraged to wear red “Remembering Everyone Deployed.”
Friends and family are invited to join us at Max’s Way Station Restaurant in Fort Scott following the service.