Hugh Leroy Brownell, Jr., 81, of Council Bluffs, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 at Bergan Mercy Medical Center in Omaha. Hugh was born Dec. 28, 1932 in Council Bluffs, the eldest child of Hugh Leroy and Helen Blanche (Larsen) Brownell, Sr.
The family moved around a lot and Hugh graduated from Logan (IA) High School in 1952. While schooling in Logan, Hugh met and fell in love with Jean Marilyn Cassidy. They were married on Aug. 31, 1952, a marriage that survived many bumps in the road, and lasted for nearly 62 years. To this union were born four daughters, Deborah Jean, Kimberly Ann, Cynthia Lynn and Robin Kay.
Hugh attended Iowa State University before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged in 1957, at which time Hugh and Jean moved to Council Bluffs. Hugh was an over-the road trucker for most of his working life.
He was a member of Broadway Christian Church and found great pleasure in planning and preparing many dishes for the Wednesday night dinners. In addition to his parents, Hugh was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Earl “Butch” Brownell. Left to cherish his memory and miss his cooking are his wife, Jean Brownell, of Council Bluffs; daughters, Debbie (Scott) Marcum, of Blockton, IA, Kim Brownell of Council Bluffs, Cyndi (Jerry) Cavaness, of Falls City, Robin Brownell, of Sioux City, IA; nine grandchildren, Tracy Cavaness, Joe (Anne) Brownell, Jason (Marissa) Brownell, Chris Brownell, Cassidy Cavaness, Sarah (Kyle Yoder) Marcum, Andrew (Rebecca) Marcum, Cara Cavaness, Hannah Marcum; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Sharon (Monte) O’Hara, of Omaha; sister-in-law, Cathy (Dennis) Danielson, of Scotia, NE; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation with the family is from 6-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014) at Cutler-O’Neill-Meyer-Woodring Bayliss Park Chapel. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Broadway Christian Church, with Rev. Scott Marcum and Rev. Jann Osborn co-officiating. Interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites tendered by American Legion Post #2. A lunch will follow at Broadway Christian Church. Memorials are suggested to Broadway Christian Church.