Lawrence E. Brown 1946-2013

HOWLAND – Lawrence Edward Brown, 67, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center.

He was born May 28, 1946, in Detroit, Mich., to Albert and June White Brown.

Larry graduated from Livonia Franklin High School in 1964, where he excelled at both basketball and baseball. After high school, Larry was in the U.S. Navy from 1967-72, stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., during his service. At the time of his acceptance into the Naval Intelligence community, Larry was proud to have achieved the highest testing scores in the history of the Naval Intelligence Agency up to that time.

After his Navy career, Larry worked in sales and marketing in the steel industry for more than 40 years, finishing his career with Roll Forming Corp. in Sharon, Pa.

When he was not working, Larry enjoyed reading, woodworking and cheering on his beloved Michigan Wolverines. Respected by all who knew and loved him and considered to be a devoted husband and father, loyal friend and gentle soul, Larry was a truly selfless and principled man who dedicated his life to protecting, supporting and providing for his adoring family.

Larry is survived by and was blessed to have been married to the love of his life and best friend of 42 years, Tana Karnish Brown; daughters, Amy (Mark) Bischoff of Lewis Center and Lani Brown of Berea; and mother-in-law, Irene Karnish of Spring Hill, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents and dearly loved father-in-law, John Karnish.

A private memorial service was held to honor the gift of his life and the blessing of the time spent with him.

His family suggests contributions in Lawrence’s honor be made to the Animal Welfare League, 545 Brunstetter Road S.W., Warren, OH 44481, or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 North Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621. Please visit to view this obituary and to send condolences.

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