A Mass of Christian Burial for “Butch” Brown, 70, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, officiated by Father Balaswamy Mandagiri. Burial will follow in the Holy Family Cemetery in Canute under the direction of Kiesau-Lee Funeral Home.

There will be a Rosary held at 6 p.m. today in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a wake service to follow at 7 p.m. in the Parrish Hall and all are welcome to attend.

Leo Francis Brown Jr. “Butch” was born Jan. 25, 1950, and he passed away on his 70th birthday, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in the Clinton Alliance Emergency Room.

Butch was raised in Clinton and attended Clinton High School where he was active in Future Farmers of America and football. After graduating from Clinton High School in 1968 he continued his education at Oklahoma State University. He was soon drafted into the U.S. Army and served from 1969 till 1971. After his honorable discharge he attended the Superior School of Auctioneering in Missouri. He then joined his father, Colonel Leo Brown, Sr., in the hometown real estate and auction business.

He married Ann Kirschner March 16, 1973, in Clinton. He did auction and real estate work all over the state as well as farming and raising cattle. He assisted at the Clinton High School Agriculture Department for a while and most recently he was employed with Southwest Distributing Company.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Oklahoma and National Auctioneer Association. He enjoyed farming and paying attention to his baby calves. He was well known for his visiting, telling jokes and one his favorite ministries was attending funerals and supporting grieving families.

He is preceded in death by his parents, infant son, Leo Francis Brown, III, and his sister, Margaret Brown.

He is survived by his children, Mollie (Brown) Damani and husband Nikunj, Yukon, and son Toby Brown and wife Lea, Stillwater; and the mother of his children, Ann Brown, Clinton; sister, Christine Flaming, Oklahoma City and two brothers, Bob Brown, and wife Nancy, Edmond, and Cory Brown and wife Xanthe, Trumansburg, N.Y.; and his girlfriend Ollie Phipps of Clinton.

He is also survived by three grandchildren, Allie, Ben and Kinneri.

The family has suggested those wanting to give a memorial contribution may do so to the charity of their choice.

As Butch often said, “All through, down it goes, and I have … SOLD!!!”