Allan Edward Brown, 80, of Pawnee City, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at the Pawnee County Hospital. He was born on Nov. 7, 1935 to Clifford and Hazel (Thiemann) Brown in Pawnee City.
He was raised on a farm south of Pawnee City, with the exception of about two years when he was a small child and the family moved to Grand Island. He was a life-long resident of Pawnee County. He attended Greendale country school through the 8th grade and then graduated from Pawnee City High School with the Class of 1953.
He married Jacquelyn Packett in 1954 and to this union three children were born: Allana “Lani”, Kelly and Allan, Jr. They were divorced in 1975.
He was married to Karen Hoffman Foster in 1976 and they were later divorced.
During his early working years he farmed and then in 1961 moved to Pawnee City and went to work for Frank Brinkmann at the Texaco filling station. He later worked for the State Roads Dept. In the early 70’s he purchased the filling station, known then as Brown Oil and then built the “Little Brown Jug.” After selling the “Jug,” Allan went to work for Terry Kerl at the same filling station and in 1998 went to work for Pawnee County, running the motor grader. He retired in 2010.
He was a member of the Pleasant Valley EUB Church and attended First Christian Church as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the Pawnee City Historical Society, which he volunteered, again until his health no longer permitted this activity. He was also a member of the local AARP chapter and the Pawnee City Athletic Boosters.
His horses were his love and he enjoyed raising registered quarter horses, training and riding in parades. He spent many hours watching the 4-H kids and “offering” advice. He loved all sports; the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Kansas City Royals and the Pawnee City High Schools teams were his greatest love. He enjoyed our local kids and was one of their biggest fans, attending all activities as long as possible. He took real pride in his local school and community and was always proud to say he was from Pawnee City.
He is survived by his life partner, Karen Harlow; daughters, Allana “Lani” (Richard) Little, and Kelly (Marlin) Carpenter, all of Falls City; step-son, John Brown; step-daughters, Anne Brown-Pollard, Lisa Brown, and Karen’s daughter, Debra (Dennis) Bitzer; daughter-in-law, Sue (Bryan) Brown-Honnor; brother, Rex (Doris) Brown; sisters, Betty Kimes and Barbara Kotalik, sister-in-law, Ardis Brown; grandchildren: Leah Carpenter and friend Ben Symonds, Jill (Jake) Bartek, Garth Brown and fiance’ Devin Salvo, Heath Brown, Lily, Rose, Jack and Caeden Brown, Emeline Pollard, Logan and Hannah Ellis, Darren (Tamara), Derek (Alyssa), and Nathen Bitzer; great-grandchildren, Haddie Bartek and Briar Bitzer and another due in February; uncle, Ross (Mary Alice) Thiemann; many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Allan E. Brown., Jr.; grandson, Cael Pollard; brother, James Brown; and brother-in-law, Ivan Kimes.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 at the First Christian Church/First United Presbyterian Church, Pawnee City, officiated by Rev. Duane Westing. Visitation was Thursday at Wherry Mortuary, Pawnee City. Interment at the Pawnee City Cemetery. Memorials to Pawnee City Athletic Boosters or Pawnee County Medical Foundation.