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Marvin L. Brown, 78

Marvin LeRoy Brown, age 78, of Winsted, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009.

He was born Dec. 5, 1930, to Jack Earl Brown and Sarah Mildred (Howard) Brown, on his grandparent’s farm near Hampton, IA.

Marvin grew up in Iowa and attended school through the eighth grade. Though not formally educated, he loved to read and continued learning through his years.

He joined the Army and served in the Korean War as a medic. Marvin was awarded a Purple Heart for saving several fellow troops after receiving a shrapnel wound to his legs.

Marvin was joined in marriage to Karen Lee Stainbrook Oct. 29, 1955. To this marriage, seven children were born.

After their marriage and some traveling with his family, Marvin and Karen settled in Winsted, where they lived for the past 30 years.

Marvin was associated with the Winsted Airport, where his love of flying drew him to make many friends.

His love of driving gave him the opportunity to drive for K-Way Trucking over a 20-year span. Driving truck gave him the pleasure of being able to travel the open roads.

Marvin is survived by his children: Jerry (Rita) Brown of Connecticut, Debra (Alan) Suchy of Dassel, Douglas (Sharrie) Brown of Annandale, Teddy (Mary) Brown of Howard Lake, Danny (Dawn) Brown of Annandale, Beth (and the late Gary) Major of Howard Lake, and Scott (Melissa) Brown of Texas; 24 grandchildren; and way too many great-grandkids to even try to count.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and by a son-in-law, Gary Major.

A memorial service took place Friday, Nov. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.