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Brown, Loren E.

d. March 27, 2014

Loren Brown died March 27, 2014 at Heritage Health in Springfield.

Loren was born in rural Cantrall on October 20, 1921 the son of Albert Chandler and Marie (Ahrenkiel) Brown.

He graduated from Athens High School in 1939. In January of 1942 he married Lola Perkins at the old Sherman Methodist Church. She preceded him in death in October 1992.

He was a lifelong farmer in rural Cantrall and a consummate storyteller. He was active in community, political, and church activities. He served many years on the Athens School Board. He was an election judge and a trustee on Fancy Creek Township Board.

He has been a lifelong member of Sherman United Methodist Church, holding many positions including the building committee to move the church to its current location on Andrew Road. He was an adult Sunday school teacher and on the Pastor Parish Committee.

Loren is predeceased by his wife Lola and his four brothers, Glenn, Chandler, Paul, and Kenneth.

He is survived by two daughters, Myrna (Gareth) Golay of Sherman, Lyla (Don) Eggleston of Jenkinsville, SC, and three sons, Gary (Jill) of Cantrall, Byron (Nancy) of Oreana, and Craig (Donna) of Elgin. There are four grandchildren, Megan (Marco) Rousonelos, Jeff Brown, Zach Brown, and Alex Brown. There are three great-grandchildren, Darek, Nicole, and Kyle Rousonelos. There are two surviving sister-in-laws, Alice Henrikson and LaVerne Brown. There are many nieces and nephews and cousins also.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Sherman United Methodist Church.

Interment will be at Strode Cemetery where three preceding ancestral generations are buried.

Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Sherman United Methodist Church.

Family is being served by Mott & Henning Funeral Home, in Athens, IL.


  1. We are so sorry for your loss. I’ll always remember his storytelling. Whenever he came into the shop, he would always have two or three funny stories to tell. He is now amusing people in Heaven. May God Bless his family during this difficult time.

  2. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Loren. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was a really great man who left his mark on many lives. You will be greatly missed. And to Lyla and Pop we love you both you are always in our prayers. Love Tim and Christie Eggleston

  3. So sorry to hear about Loren’s passing. He was a great guy.

  4. To all of Loren’s family and friends,

    Loren is one of those special people we all counted on to be there through thick and thin. He left an impact on my life. Basically treated me as one of the family and I always appreciate that. Made things fun with his stories and often lifted my spirits with his smile. I look forward to seeing him again in heaven. May the goodness of God be with you all.

    Yours in Christ, Ken Cox

  5. Sorry to hear about Loren. He and Gary did lot of mechanic work at Grieme Bros. together with me. Great guy to be around.

  6. My Condelences to all of the family and everyone who was impacted by the loss of this great man. I thought that it was befitting that Loren the great jokester and story teller would have his life celebration on April Fool’s day. My fondest memory of him growing up the son of the pastor of Sherman United Methodist Church was when he assisted me in my own April Fool’s joke. He had told me many times of the joke his son had played on him by changing all of the clocks in the house and I wanted to play a good trick on my father the pastor. Loren had suggested that I might exchange his car keys with others that looked similar but wouldn’t work. It so happened that April Fool’s fell on a Sunday and he brought in some old keys to a Chevrolet. I asked my father to borrow his keys and switched out the working ones for those provided by Loren. My father didn’t use his car until later on in that afternoon when as a volunteer fireman he was trying to head over to the station for a call. Fortunately for me the fire emergency was also a April Fool’s prank and there was no harm done. Loren will be missed by those that knew him and I am glad that I have a story worthy of his legacy to remember him by.

    God Bless!


  7. Loren’s stories were always a joy to hear. Our condolences to all of his family.

    God Bless, Deon & Linda Egner

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