Obituary: J. Ralph Brown

SALINA—J. Ralph Brown, 90, of Salina passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton.
Visitation with the family will be prior to the services beginning at 1 p.m.
Graveside services and interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Ralph was bornon April 27, 1926, in Newton. He graduated from Newton High School in 1944 and joined the Naval Air Corps for two years. He attended both Oklahoma A&M and The University of Kansas, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education/counseling. During this time, he played football for both colleges and participated in the Orange Bowl game in 1948 with KU. He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Ralph’s teaching and coaching career included high schools in Sublette, Junction City and Emporia. He followed with earning a master’s degree in education at Kansas State Teachers College in 1957. Ralph was football coach at Washburn University in Topeka from 1958-1961. He changed to a business career, working in insurance starting out at Cimarron Insurance Co., Cimarron, then with Kansas City Life, eventually moving to Salina where he began Kansas Financial Services. Ralph retired in 2014.
Indulging in life fully, Ralph became a private pilot, loved to play golf and took major fishing trips, as well as traveled abroad and around United States. He dabbled in raising quarter horses. With sports being a great love, a lot of his time was spent attending and watching events.
Ralph is survived by his children Steve Brown of Jackson, Tenn., Marilyn Brown of Overland Park and Denise Brown of Overland Park.Others survivors include 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; his sister Jeanne Quilty of Wichita; brother Cliff Earl Brown of Overland Park; half siblings Merle and Susan; and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents Joseph M. and Etta Mae (Gaston) Brown, brother Lelus, sister Pauline Curteman and half sibling Murray Brown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Kansas Humane Society. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114.
Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com.
The family of J. Ralph wish to thank Shari Walls, Lorna Wait and Kevin Mannell for the significant time, patience and assistance given to our father.

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