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Kenneth Eugene Brown

October 17, 1942 ~ January 8, 2019 (age 76)
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Life’s Reflections

Kenneth Eugene Brown, 76 passed away on January 8, 2019 at Delmar Gardens in Lenexa, Kansas.  He was born October 17, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri to Homer and Naomi (Ailstock) Brown.  Kenneth grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.  He attended Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools and graduated from Central High School.  After high school he attended Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Kenneth worked for the railroad as a Porter for a period of time and later joined the US Army where he served for two years in Korea as an MP Acting Sergeant.  After he was discharged from the Army he returned to Kansas City where he joined the UIW and became an Iron Worker, a job which he enjoyed and worked for many years.

Kenneth was a lifelong resident of Kansas City.  He was an avid tennis player and played all around the city where he won and received many trophies from various tournaments.  Kenneth also loved to roller skate.  One of his favorite things to do was to attend the mid-night roller skate sessions on the weekends with his niece.  Kenneth enjoyed an active social life which included listening to jazz and attending various Jazz Clubs and Concerts, and to work at the Birdland Jazz Club for a time.  He also enjoyed going to the Casinos and was a lover of all things Budweiser.  Many of these activities he shared with his patient, loving, kind, patient, caring, patient partner, Linda Chaplin who he referred to as “His Rock”.  They did life together for twenty-nine years until his passing.

Kenneth’s first marriage to Patricia Howell was dissolved.  Kenneth married Sheryl Samuels in 1970.  They were happily married for five years until Sheryl’s untimely passing in 1975.  Kenneth and Sheryl had one son to this union, Brian Hasani Brown. 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Naomi; his wife Sheryl, and his brother, John Henry Brown.

Kenneth is survived by his loving partner, Linda Chaplin; his son, Brian Brown; his grandson, Jordon Brown; his nieces, Juliana Winkley and Cathleen Teague; his sister-in-law, Maria Reyes, and a host of family and friends.


In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to:

Kansas City V.A. Medical Center

9801 Linwood Blvd.

Kansas City, Missouri 64135


Delmar Gardens

9701 Monrovia

Lenexa, Kansas 66215




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