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John Francis Brownell was born on October 13, 1939, in Concordia, Kan., to parents Arthur Clinton
Brownell and Ernestine Agnes (Smith) Brownell, and entered into eternal rest on September 2,
2019, at the age of 79, in Kaufman, Texas. John was raised in Concordia and graduated from
Concordia High School. He married the love of his life, Alice Elizabeth Smith, at Saints Peter
and Paul Catholic Church on August 22, 1959, in Cawker City, Kan. John worked for Concordia
Tractor over 47 years as a mechanic and parts-man.
John loved being outdoors - hunting, boating, fishing, gardening, and camping with his family.
His hobbies were restoring old tractors and one-cylinder engines, woodworking, and metal milling.
He restored a 1941 John Deere B Tractor for his grandson and built a wooden cradle for his
granddaughter. For family and friends he built kitchen cabinets, toys, gadgets, picture frames,
shelves, plant stands, paper towel & napkin holders, and a coffee table. He was a man of few
words, but when he spoke you knew to listen because he would always have great advice. He
was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and brother. John will be missed tremendously
by those who knew and loved him. Future graveside services will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery,
Concordia, Kan.
John was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Frank, Lois, Edward “Pete”, Charles,
and Harry Brownell, and half-sister Betty Grigsby.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Alice of Mabank, Texas (formerly of Concordia, Kan.);
daughters, Sandra of Mabank, Texas, and Kimberly; grandchildren, Abel &
Olivia Nulton, all of Austin, Texas; half-brother William “Bill” Brownell of Centralia, Kan.; sisters,
Nancy Green and husband Larry of Salina, Kan., Mary Rhoden and husband Allen of Fairbury,
Neb., Mabel Carlson and husband Robert of Abilene, Kan., and Edna Brownell of Lincoln, Kan.;
sisters-in-law, Alexine Brownell of Clay Center, Kan., Elaine Brownell of Wamego, Kan., and
Janice Brownell of Concordia, Kan., plus numerous beloved nieces and nephews, along with many
more lifelong friends.
The family asks that donations be made in honor of John to the Rebecca A. Morrison House, , 513 S. 8th Street, Salina, KS 67401; you may contact Lisa Hoffman, Manager
at 785-452-7500 or at .
A personal tribute may be made online at .


Concordia Blade-Empire

510 Washington St.
Concordia, KS 66901