Ralph L. Brown

  • Born: August 22, 1921
  • Died: February 17, 2016
  • Location: Tiffin, Iowa

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service

2720 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Tel. (319) 338-1132

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ralph LeRoy Brown, 94, of Tiffin, IA, died of cancer, Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at his home, surrounded by family.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, in Tiffin. Burial with military honors will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tiffin. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2016, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers memorials donations can be made in Ralph's memory to Tiffin Fire Department, Grace United Methodist Church, or Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com.

Ralph was born August 22, 1921, in Tiffin, the son of Everett and Mamie Pearl (Shepardson) Brown. He was a 1941 graduate of Tiffin High School. On May 1, 1943, he married Louise "Cissy" Chapman in Lincoln, NE, while he was serving in the Medical Corps of the US Army from 1941-45. After WWII, Ralph worked for Johnson County Roads, ran Spiveys Saloon with Cissy, and drove stock and grain trucks to Chicago. During this time he also graduated from Barber School. Afterwards, he worked at Strand Barber Shop in Iowa City, and also as a barber in Oxford and Fayette. He then built his own home in 1961, with Brown's Barber Shop attached. He ran that for 41 years, and closed it in 2001. Besides barbering, Ralph worked at University of Iowa Hospitals as a Pharmacy Tech. He then worked as Tiffin's Wastewater Manager until his retirement.

His family includes four children, Dennis Brown of Tiffin, Christine (Richard) Lauderbaugh, of York, NE, Pamela Kinney of Iowa City, and Connie Brown of Tiffin; 8 grandchildren, David (Dyan) Brown, Ryan Brown, Tammy (Joe) Brever, Michael Lauderbaugh, Susan Lauderbaugh, James (Marit) Kinney, TJ (Renae) Kinney, and Stacy Kinney; 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Matthew, and Tyler Brown, Devin and Danielle Brown, Aiden Kinney, Katelyn, Nicholas, and Michaela Kinney, and Brecken Kinney; sister-in-law, June Brown, of Chesapeake, VA; cousins, Doris and Dick Schroeder, and Barb Brown of Idaho; as well as extended family, Betty Madden, Roger Janssen, Pam Brown, Tom Kinney, Harley Stapes, Gary Kee, Duane Albin, and Cody Albin.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Cissy, parents, siblings, Darrell Brown, Lawrence Brown, Leonard Brown, Evelyn Hill Lightfoot, and cousins, Gladys Stephens and Verle Brown.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I worked with Ralph multiple times in therapy. He was such an awesome guy. I remember when he had bilateral TKR.. we were always off in counts for the exercises. He gave me a clicker so I could keep better count. We had lots of laughs. Miss you Ralph.

Posted by Carmen Feltz - Coralville, IA - friend   February 13, 2020


Dear Brown family: So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. We have so many fond memories of Sunday's spent visiting Ralph and Cissy and always Betty and Brother were also there. Ralph was always so gentle and kind to us all.

Posted by Patti Quinlan - Chicago, IL - Friend   February 24, 2016

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father, we extend our sympathy.

Posted by Phil & Karla Downes - Overland Park, KS   February 23, 2016

I am so sorry for your loss, I just learned of his passing. Ralph was a very special person. I enjoyed working with him in PT the many numerous times. He always had a smile and fun laugh. My thought and prayers are with you.

Posted by Carmen Feltz - Coralville, IA   February 22, 2016

Denny, Chris, Pam, Connie and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your beloved father and grandfather, Ralph. I have so many happy memories of spending time at your home. Ralph and Sis always made me feel like family. So generous and kind. He and Sis are dancing in heaven. May he rest in peace. God bless all of you at this time.

Posted by Becky Espey - Iowa City, IA   February 20, 2016

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you, and may our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and "make you firm". (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17)

Posted by A friend   February 20, 2016

Sorry we cant be there for the servicesWe are in Arizona. Ralph was a friend and very good nieghbor. Please accept our sincere sympathy. May God bless you all.
Elmer &Judy Beckler

Posted by elmer becklerr - oxford, IA - Friend   February 19, 2016

Ralph introduced me to the magic of Osage Rub hair tonic when I started getting haircuts there in high school. My scalp still tingles just thinking about it. Rest in peace, sir.

Posted by Bob Tandy - Oxford   February 19, 2016

To the Brown family: Sorry to hear of your father's passing. He had a long and fulfilling life. No matter how long we have someone on this earth, it never seems long enough. I am sure you have many happy memories and now he is with Cissy again. Condolences, Sandy Dennis

Posted by Sandy Dennis - Iowa City, IA - Friend   February 19, 2016

Rest in peace, Uncle Ralph

Posted by Mary Brown - Jefferson City, MO   February 18, 2016

Rest in peace, Uncle Ralph

Posted by Mary Brown - Jefferson City, MO - Family   February 18, 2016

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He was always a kind, soft spoken man. Remember being invited to BBQs at his home to hang out with all of you. Our sincere sympathy to all of you,

Posted by Joe and Karon DeMar - Friend   February 18, 2016

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