Charles Brown Obituary

Charles "Lindy" Brown
Charles "Lindy" Brown

August 28, 1927 - January 6, 2021
Born in St. Louis, Missouri
Resided in Clive, Iowa
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Charles "Lindy" Brown of Clive, IA, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the age of 93 years.

Lindy was a man of great character who loved Jesus and his family most. Lindy's integrity was unsurpassed. He proudly served our country in WW II as a Radioman 2nd Class in the US Coast Guard. Lindy enjoyed life and making life enjoyable for everyone he came in contact with. Always willing to give of his time and resources for those in need.

Lindy spent 50 years in the Electrical Industry as Founder and President of Brown Brothers Electrical Contractors located in Des Moines; It was during this time that he impacted many lives as a mentor, employer and friend.

Lindy was a proud member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 347 where he would have received his 70-year pin in 2021, Za Ga Zig Shrine, of which he was a Charter Member of the Shrine Bowlers Unit, Royal Order of Jesters, Eastgate Masonic Lodge, York Rite Bodies, and the Des Moines Reciprocity Club.

Lindy served on the Board of Directors for Iowa State Bank, the City of Pleasant Hill, Iowa Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. He grew his love for the Lord while a member at Pleasant Hill Free Church, formerly Carbondale Evangelical Free Church, and NewLife Church, both located in Pleasant Hill.

Lindy cherished friendships he had nurtured from childhood and those of friends he had met throughout his life. With these friendships came memories too many to mention. He loved deeply, generously and unconditionally.

Lindy was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Linda for 66 years at the time of her passing in June of 2015.

Lindy and Linda, enjoyed many years as residents of Arizona. It was a love they developed together and left only as his beloved became ill and he brought her home to be near family. Lindy later went back to Arizona where he would spend the winter months with his daughter, Jodi and her husband Jack, riding his side by side in the desert and mountains, and sharing happy hours with new friends.

Family left to cherish his memory are his five daughters, Linda "Jodi" (Jack) Jones, Charla (Don) Davidson, Valerie (Randy) Palmer-Fitch, Kim (Randy) Constable, and Stephanie (Randy) Boat; grandchildren, Wendee Day, Derek Baldwin (Jade Ahrens), Hollie Davidson, Amy Baldwin, Cory (Stephanie) Constable, Dr. Nick (Angela) Palmer, Casee (Andy) Woodley, Martin (Kim) Mohler, Jr., and Hannah (Frank) Farrell; eight step-grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; his brother, George (Marge) Brown of Des Moines; his sister, Alice Crawford of Marion; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Brown of Johnston, Norma Felice of Des Moines, and Joy Duffy of Norwalk as well as many other family who loved and cherished him.

Lindy was preceded in death by his wife Linda; parents, Clarence and Bertha Brown; brothers, Harold and Bill Brown; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence (Irma) Brown; sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn (James) Gambrall; brother-in-law, Thomas Crawford; son-in-law, Dr. Wm. Nick Palmer; great-granddaughter, Preslea Reimer and great-great granddaughter, Rose Rayna Gutierrez and a host of other loved ones too numerous to name.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Palmer-Ellefson Free Clinic which was founded by Lindy's son-in-law, Dr. Wm. Nick Palmer. After Dr. Palmer's passing in 2009, Lindy's daughter, Valerie, his grandson, Dr. Nick Palmer, and many faithful volunteers, have continued to serve those in need through this Free Medical Clinic. Please send memorials: Palmer-Ellefson Free Clinic C/O Valerie Palmer-Fitch 1607 E. 33rd St.
Des Moines, IA, 50317.

Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Iles Westover Chapel. A Masonic Service will begin at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11am, Monday, January 25, 2021 at NewLife Church, 6036 NE 12th Ave, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327. Interment with Military Honors, will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Des Moines.

The funeral service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. The link for the funeral service can be found here:

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Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel.




Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, January 24, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Masonic Service
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Sunday, January 24, 2021
7:00 PM
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NewLife Church
6036 N.E. 12th Avenue
Pleasant Hill, IA US 50327
Monday, January 25, 2021
11:00 AM
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Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
7601 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50321
Monday, January 25, 2021
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Dr. Nick Palmer/Ellefson Free Clinic
1607 E. 33rd Street
Des Moines, IA 50317