History of Brown Funeral Home Services
The History of Brown Funeral Homes
The present Brown Funeral homes began with the purchase of the Brown Funeral Home in Lohrville, Iowa by Richard and Verda Brown in October of 1964. Richard Brown was a 1937 graduate of the St. Louis School of Mortuary Science. He worked at several funeral homes in Southeastern Iowa and he owned a funeral home and furniture store in a small town for several years.
After purchasing the Lohrville funeral home, Mr. Brown opened other funeral homes in the neighboring communities of Farnhamville, Iowa in 1965 and Churdan, Iowa in 1968. A chapel was added to the Churdan home for seating of 140 people.
Steve Brown started helping his father in the funeral business at the early age of 12. He joined the business in 1972 after graduating from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. Together, Richard and Steve opened a chapel in Paton, Iowa in 1973. Richard Brown passed away in 1976 and the funeral homes were purchased by his son, Steve. Verda Brown continues to make her home in the Lohrville funeral home and assists when needed. Following the purchase of the funeral homes, the use of the funeral home at Farnhamville was discontinued. Steve was married to Ellie Pevestorf of Jefferson, Iowa in 1976 and together they purchased a large residence at 408. W. Lincoln Way in Jefferson and established the Brown Funeral Home of Jefferson. In 1993, a 4500 sq. ft. addition was added to the original house. This addition added a chapel which comfortably seats over 150, a private family room with seating for 36, a gathering area, indoor handicap ramp and on the lower level has an arrangement room, casket room and double garage. In October of 2008, the use of the Paton Chapel was discontinued, in 2018, the funeral homes in Lohrville and Churdan were closed and the communities are still being served from the Jefferson location.
From the beginning, the motto of the Brown Funeral Homes has been “A Home-like Funeral Home”. By having a home atmosphere, visitors are made to feel as welcomed in the funeral homes as if they were visiting an individual’s home. Steve and Ellie have made their home in the Jefferson funeral home since 1978. It is beautifully decorated periodically to match the changing seasons of the year.