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Donald "Ed" Brown

February 24, 1934 — November 12, 2019


February 24, 1934
Paullina, Iowa
November 12, 2019
Sanborn, Iowa

2:00 P.M. Sunday, November 17, 2019
First Presbyterian Church; Paullina, Iowa
Marj Feltman ~ Officiating

with family present will be from 3 – 5 P.M.
on Saturday, November 16, 2019
at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

“Amazing Grace”
Sung by: David Brown
#2 “How Great Thou Art”
#292 “Because He Lives
Organist: LaNan Eldridge

Andrew Postma Evan Postma
Heath Brown Brian Haase
Ron Cullison Jerry Cullison

Private Family Graveside
Prairie View Cemetery ~ Paullina, Iowa

Flag Presentation: Russell West Post of the Paullina American Legion.

After today’s service, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Eldridge Family Funeral Home; Paullina, Iowa.

Donald Edward Brown was born on February 24, 1934 at his parents’ home near Paullina, Iowa. His parents were Donald A. and Ruth (Nott) Brown. He was the older of two boys; he had a younger brother, Paul. He was baptized and confirmed in First Presbyterian Church in Paullina. Ed grew up on a farm outside of Paullina where he enjoyed going ice skating on the frozen ice over creeks and horseback riding. He attended the Paullina Public School and graduated in 1952 and went on to attend Monmouth College in Illinois up until enlisting in the Army. Ed served in the Korean War from 1953-1955. He met his future wife, Marva Lentz, who was a schoolteacher in Paullina. Ed and Marva were married on December 22, 1956 in Hartington, Nebraska.
Ed was very involved in farming his entire life. He started Brown and Assoc. a bin construction company in 1971. In 1977 Ed built a country elevator, where he bought, sold, dried and stored grains. His son, Todd joined the company after graduation. Along with farming, Ed had numerous hobbies.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing and bowling. Ed earned his private flying license and helped establish the Paullina airport. Ed also enjoyed traveling in addition to spending winters in Arizona. He has visited much of the Eastern Coast, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.
Ed passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Prairie View Home in Sanborn reaching the age of 85 years, 8 months and 19 days.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 62 years, Marva; children, Sara (Chuck) Postma, Todd (Rhonda) Brown both of Paullina, Mark (Kris) Brown of Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; grandchildren, Andrew, Evan, Heath (Stephanie), Chad & Melissa; great grandchildren, Emerson, Greyson, Siena, Jayce and Tye; also other relatives and friends.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Paul.

Final Harvest

He was bound to the land from the day of his birth
His roots anchored deep in the fertile earth
Nurtured, sustained, by the soil he grew
And his life, like his furrows, ran straight and true.

In faith, each spring, he planted the seeds
In hope, to reap his family’s needs
With patience, he waited for the harvest to come
To gather the fruits of his labor home.

Ever turning seasons, the years sped past
Till the final harvest came at last
Then claimed anew by beloved sod
He was gathered home to be with God.

-Barbara W. Weber
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Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, November 16, 2019

3:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Eldridge Family Funeral Home - Paullina

217 East Logan Street , Paullina, IA 51046

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Central time)

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