Owen J. Brown, Jr.

Born: Wed., Nov. 23, 1955
Died: Tue., May 28, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., May 30, 2019
Location: Church Of The Nazarene

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., May 31, 2019
Location: Church Of The Nazarene

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Owen Jackson Brown, Jr., age 63, of Pittsfield, IL passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at his residence.  He was born on November 23, 1955 in Hannibal, MO to Owen Jackson "Jack" and Georgia Irene Pryor Brown, Sr.  He married Lisa Ann Carroll on August 13, 1973, and she survives.

Owen attended Pittsfield High School and was self employed almost his entire life. Working was his passion. He once said, "I love to work, and I love to think." He had many business ventures and wore many different hats throughout his life. He was an inventor, a pro at cattle embryo transplanting and artificial inseminating, a builder, farmer, business owner, husband, father, grandpa, and was even a demolition derby car driver in his younger years... Which he said was an addiction that was hard to get rid of. He said that when he was young, all he could think about was farming, until he met Lisa, and then all he could think of was her. He started helping his mom do farm chores when he was really little. He baled hay at age 6 and milked his first cow and drove the tractor at age 8. He said, "As a kid, I was wide-open." Owen started doing cattle artificial insemination when he was only 16 years old.  He said A.I.'ing was his "God-given talent." He had interesting stories to tell about sandbagging during the 1973 flood. In his last months, he still credited his ag teacher Mr. Chuck Ferguson for teaching him how to use a square. By his late teens, he was building everything from hog shed houses to large scale construction projects. His most successful invention is the Bale Band-It. He has sold hundreds of machines throughout all of the U.S and many foreign countries. In 1999, he and his wife Lisa started a manufacturing company called GFC which stands for God, Family, Country. These three things were what shaped his life and embodied what he stood for. His latest invention, the double baler, is currently being tested in the field, and he was very excited to see the outcome and its success.  

Owen spoke at various events (including the American Engineering Conference). He hosted the PHS CEO class, took his inventions to farm shows all over the country, hosted the 2012 Illinois Forage Expo, and did educational presentations for different organizations. He won many awards for his inventions (e.g. 1st place at the Invention Contest at the Mid America Alfalfa Expo Conference, $15,000 1st place IL Business Plan contest, American Engineering Award where he competed against John Deere, New Holland, Caterpillar, etc.).  He loved cattle and even traveled to France in search of the perfect breed and returned with a cow that later won the title of Grand Champion Saler female in Colorado. In recent years, he genetically crossbred cattle to produce and sell high quality beef.

Owen and Lisa started out at a very young age and built their life together. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, and he enjoyed having them work beside him. Owen's dream for GFC was for it to be a family business. And, Owen always said that everything he and Lisa did was for their children. He attended the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, was a member of Pike County Farm Bureau, and the Pike County Economic Development Corporation. Owen will be remembered as a very strong, determined, and dedicated family man who loved God with all of his heart.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lisa; his father, Jack (Barb) Brown, Sr.; three sons, Owen Lacy (Melissa) Brown of Belgrade, MO, Nolan Ryan (Collyn) Brown of Middletown, MO, and Jacob (Krissy) Brown of Nixa, MO; two daughters, Melisha (John) Thomas of Warsaw, IL and April (Jordan) Dunn of Campton, KY; fifteen grandchildren, Alexandria Thomas, John Nealy Thomas III, Owen Ethan Brown, Brianna Brown, Alana Brown, Justin Brown, Elan Brown, Noah Brown, Olivia Brown, Wesley Brown, Esther Brown, Prudence Brown, Simeon Brown, Trevor Brown, and Asher Brown; three sisters, Georgia (Larry) Bergman of Pittsfield, IL, Jackie (Rick) Williams of Pittsfield, IL, and Marie (Randy) Woods of Barry, IL; father-in-law, James (Millie) Carroll of Pittsfield, IL; and mother-in-law, Marie Carroll of Pittsfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.  Memorials are suggested to the family to help cover medical expenses.  Online condolences may be left to the family at www.nieburfh.com.  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Owen's memory to the following organization:

To the Family to Help Cover Medical Expenses

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   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
I am truly sorry for our loss. May your treasured memories and the promise in God’s word at John 5:28, 29 bring you peace and comfort.

Theresa Bodwn
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Lisa and Family so sorry for your loss hug and prayers . Theresa (Robinson ) Boden.

Anita and Scott Bush
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
So sorry for your loss, I'm Jordans aunt from KY. Will be praying for you and your family.

Mark Martin
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Lisa and family. My most heart felt condolences on the loss of Owen. I remember him driving around with the insemination tanks in the back of his truck. Mark Martin

Tom and Donna Schultz and family
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
Praying God will comfort your family.

Robert Sapp,Larry (Lucia) Sapp and Tom Sapp
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss of your son,husband and father Owen.
He lived an amazing life and now is with his maker in heaven looking after his family from above. RIP 🙏

Ronda Harmon
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019

GARDEN PATH was sent by Ronda Harmon.

With deepest sympathy Steven and Ronda Harmon

Johnny & Jennifer Hutson
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family during this time of great loss. Hutson Farms Elk City Ok

Mark anderson
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
My thoughts and prayers always loved coming down to talk bandit but also to see everyone and just to talk with Owen

Owen Dale and Angela Brown
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Lisa and Family we are so sorry for your Loss. May the Lord give you all comfort and peace. I believe that Owen is with him now.

Roger and Sara Reel
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Lisa and family.
So sorry to hear of the loss of Owen. Our prayers are with you at this time. He was a great man of God always willing to share his testimony with you. He was a good friend and great to work for.,
We take great comfort knowing that he is with theLord.

Tim & Nancy Halpin
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Sending sympathy for your loss; so sorry.

Rex Coulter
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers for you and the family.
Nick Martinez
Charlie Scovern
Rex & Tricie Coulter

Steve Dixon
   Posted Thu May 30, 2019
We are praying for all y'all during this time of loss. He made a positive impact on our farming operation. He will be greatly missed.

Kelly Lohr
   Posted Fri May 31, 2019
Our prayers from Pennsylvania are for your family. We are grieved by the passing of a friend and a team leader. His guidance opened many doors for all of us, may God grant us the wisdom to provide such support for others.

Steve & Cindy Tornatore
   Posted Sun June 02, 2019
Lisa and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Owen was such a sweet man and we always enjoyed chatting with him. He will be forever remembered.
The Tornatore Family

Patty Fowler
   Posted Tue June 04, 2019
Lisa and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We pray that God uplifts your spirit and gives you peace, knowing that he truly is with God. We always enjoyed visiting with you both and again we are both so sorry to hear this.

Mike & Jan Petzoldt
   Posted Wed June 05, 2019
Lisa and family,
We were so saddened to hear of Owen's passing from this Earth. He was a great man, father and friend to so many!
Heaven is now Owen's home, and we all look forward to seeing him again someday, with our Lord Jesus Christ!

God bless you and your family, we are praying for you all!

Kelly Booton
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Lisa and family,
So very sorry to hear about Owen, our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Kelly Booton

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