Thomas Burk Brown II, age 83, of Edina, Missouri, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, in the Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.
He was born October 4, 1926, at Edina, Missouri, the son of Thomas Burk Brown and Mary Isabella Gibbons Brown.
He was united in marriage to Muriel Louise MaGill on December 22, 1947, at Kansas City, Missouri.
Surviving are his wife Muriel Brown of Edina, Missouri, four children, Ruth Brown Evans of Kansas City, Missouri, Thomas Burk Brown III and wife Darla of Kansas City, Kansas, David MaGill Brown of Edina, Missouri and daughter-in-law Terry, of Ballwin, Missouri, Janet Brown Clanton and husband Wesley of Linn, Missouri, four grandsons, Thomas Earl Evans and Adam Christopher Brown both of Seattle, Washington, Matthew David Brown and Christopher MaGill Brown both of Ballwin, Missouri, two step grandsons, Wesley Hoyt Clanton III (wife Heather) of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Zachary Allen Clanton of Linn, Missouri, two step great grandchildren Tyler Wesley Clanton and Madison Brook Clanton of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a sister-in-law, A. Ruth MaGill of Kansas City, Missouri, a brother-in-law, Dr. Jodie Schlepphorst and wife Dee of Clearwater, Florida, seven Schlepphorst nieces and nephews, a godson James Glynn II, and numerous descendants of Richard and Mary Gibbons.
Preceding Tom in death were his parents, a sister, Isabella Louise (Sis) Schlepphorst, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Tom attended St. Joseph Elementary and High School in Edina, Missouri. He served eight months in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. He attended Quincy College for one semester before studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri in Columbia where he met his wife of 62 years.
Tom earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1950 and was admitted to the Missouri Bar later that year.
As a fourth-generation attorney, Tom practiced law in Edina, Missouri for more than fifty years, some of them with his son David.
He was a lifetime member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, Missouri, and a founding member of the St. Joseph Parish Improvement Foundation, the Knox County Rotary Club, and the Edina Country Club.
Tom was a gourmet cook and baker, ran five marathons with his friend and former law partner the Hon. Bruce Normile and other friends, and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up multiple times with his son Tom III and friends. He enjoyed golf and could still score less than his age on 18 holes. Tom was an enthusiastic bird watcher and traveler with 1,062 bird species on his worldwide bird list and could order two beers in at least five languages.
Tom was also an accomplished photographer, stamp collector, poetry reciter, Shakespeare enthusiast, wine and tea connoisseur, genealogist, and apprentice computer geek.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church at Edina, Missouri. Father Joseph Hoi officiated the services. Burial was in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Music was provided by Nancy Reardon, organist, Jim and Kyle Clark and Rodney (BuB) McCurren, vocalists. Casket bearers was grandsons Tom Evans, Adam Brown, Matt Brown, and Chris Brown, son-in-law Wes Clanton, nephew Dr. John Schlepphorst, godson Jim Glynn, and friend Tom Deveny. Honorary bearers were brother-in-law Dr. Jodie Schlepphorst, cousin Larry Kelly, friends Roscoe Coram, Hon. Bruce Normile, Joe Young, Carl Kriegshauser, Jack McCurren, Hon. Bill Alberty, Hon. Bob Crist, Charles A. Scholz, and Bob Swanger.
A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Parish Improvement Foundation or the Knox County Rotary Club. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri, 63537.