IN FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CDC AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, THE FAMILY OF NORMAN L. BROWN HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL NORMAN'S PUBLIC VISITATION AND FUNERAL SERVICE. A PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICE WILL BE HELD.
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Norman L. Brown, 84, of Dumont, Iowa, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City, Iowa. He was born April 16, 1935, in rural Butler County, Iowa, to Archie C. and Mina D. (Groen) Brown.
Norman graduated from Dumont Community High School in 1952. He attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette. He was united in marriage to El "gene" Davis on October 8, 1958, in Aredale, Iowa. Norman worked as a farmer, salesman, and owned and operated the Hwy Cafe in Dumont.
Norman was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Parish in Dumont, Iowa. He enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel Music, watching television, cheering for the UNI Panthers and Iowa Hawkeyes, organizing Class of '52 reunions, and making early morning phone calls to wish people birthday and anniversary greetings. Norm never met a stranger and wasn't afraid to speak his mind.
Norman is survived by his wife, El "gene" Brown, of Dumont; 3 daughters, Tammy (Eddie) Malate of Milpitas, California; Janet (Jack) Swanson of Arlington; and Toni Brown (Michael Wilson) of Waterloo; grandchildren Garett (Sheeree) Malate, Kyla Jo Malate, Haley (Ryan) Malate-Parrette, Drew (Charlene) Malate, all of California; Cole (Brenda) Swanson of Marion, Clay Swanson of Cedar Rapids, Cade Swanson of Des Moines, and Meg Swanson of Cedar Falls; great-grandchildren Graham, Simone, Cru Kamea, U'ilani, Nathan, Dean, all of California, and Aria of Marion.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents.
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Norm was a beacon of JOY in Jesus at so many Gospel sings I managed. He was always friendly gregarious and supportive. He helped my wife and I to get through many difficult days managing the Pella Iowa Sing and Henderson Music Festival. He always called me his cousin Louie (Brown). He always called me at Christmas but this last year I beat him to it. I called him first. He will long be remembered and the choir in heaven is rejoicing for a life well lived. Louie Brown
Back in 1981 when I worked in Dumont for a while, Norm found out that the only vegetable I would eat was carrots. Guess what he made for me almost every day. Carrots. And a lot of joking around too. Sorry to hear of his passing and my sympathy to his family.
I will always remember Norman coming to the Post Office when I worked there. He was always playing jokes and had many stories. I said we could never get him because he was to good. Well we did. We put slime in his mailbox so when someone was talking to him he just reached in and he got slimmed. We all were laughing. He always made my day when I ran into him at the PO or on the street somewhere. My heart goes out to the family.
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