Kenneth Wylie Brown, 86, of Abilene, Kansas passed away Dec. 3, 2018 in Abilene. He was born on Dec. 3, 1932 in Garber, Oklahoma to Jesse and Ona Brown.

After graduating from Cleo Springs High School, he attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma where he met LaVetra Evans. They were married on Dec. 27, 1953 and were the first married couple to graduate from NWOSU.

Ken graduated from Northwestern in 1954 with a degree in math and physical education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

After his discharge from the army, he went to Oklahoma State University and received his M.S. in Education Administration in 1959. He served as a teacher, coach and high school principal for 37 years, retiring from Abilene High School in 1993.

He was very active in the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals and in the Kansas State High School Activities Association, serving as president of the former in 1973 and the latter in 1977 to 1978. He was elected to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in 2007.

He was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a loyal friend to many. Ken loved KU sports and enjoyed many years of watching KU basketball with friends and family. He was an avid golfer and he and LaVetra traveled extensively in their retirement years. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife LaVetra, sons Randy (Sherry) Brown of Marysville, Kansas and Gary (Pam) Brown of Fort Scott, Kansas, grandchildren Sarah (Brent) Blair Graham, Laura Brewster, Jessica (Justin) Powell, Michael (Natthamon) Brown, Christopher Brown, Nicole (Luke) Shaw, Kacie Brown (fiancé Nik), great-grandchildren Anna, Kenneth, James, Campbell, LaVetra, and sisters Karol Jack, and Marilyn Sackett.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Celebration of life service will be Saturday, Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, Abilene. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations to Hospice of Dickinson County or First United Methodist Church, Abilene. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of the Danner Funeral Home PO Box 758 Abilene, Kansas.


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