Larry J. Brown

August 22, 1946 ‒ August 31, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Larry J. Brown, age 73 of Marion, passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Larry was born on August 22, 1946 in Marion, the son of Dr. Jerome and Mary (Axe) Brown. He graduated from Marion Catholic High School with the class of 1964. Larry had a very successful football career while in school and was named “All Ohio Lineman.” Larry attended St. Gregory’s University for his Associate Degree and continued his education at Xavier University where he received his Bachelor Degree.

On August 29, 1970, Larry was united in marriage to Susan J. Thaw. The couple recently celebrated 49 years of marriage.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sue, loving children: Tim (Candice) Brown, Amy (Mark) Brown, and Jody (Brian) Bailey. Larry was a wonderful “Pappy” to his grandchildren: Mason Brown, Ava Brown, Caden Bailey, Keely Bailey, and Nathan Brown. He was a loving brother and brother-in-law to his surviving siblings: Ann (Mike) Wiseman, Pam (Norm) DeGroodt, and Dr. Timothy (Lisa) Brown and to his sisters-in-law: Judy (Dr. John) Rowe and Cathy (Dr. Michael) Dickerson. Larry enjoyed and dearly loved his numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by: his parents, his brothers Dr. Michael Brown and David Brown; sister-in-law, Susan Brown; father- and mother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. John Thaw; brother-in-law, Don Thaw; nephew, Jonathan Rowe, and niece and Goddaughter, Janine Rowe.

Larry was deeply devoted to his family. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and dedicated to his community.  He had served in many roles for numerous organizations over the years.  He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Civitan, St. Vincent DePaul, Moose Lodge, Pheasants Forever, Knights of Pythias, and board member of the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was also an assistant coach for the Marion Catholic track team and an OHSAA Track Official for 24 years. Due to his strong involvement within the Marion community, Larry never knew a stranger.

Larry worked for Quaker Oats, Verne Hart Insurance, was a former Marion County Commissioner, and proudly worked for Marion Township as the Road Department Foreman for many years.

Visitation will be Friday, September 6, 2019 at Marion Township Hall, 1228 E Fairgrounds St., Marion, from 3 PM-7 PM with a prayer service being held at 3 PM; Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion, at 10:30 AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating. Burial will immediately follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stephen J. Chaney Memorial Scholarship Fund or Father Fred Fury Scholarship Fund.

The Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to be serving the Brown family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • To the Brown and Thaw family: We feel so sorry and sad over your loss. I am so sure he will be missed by family and friends. I will never forget his laugh. Could never tell if the joke was funny or crazy with that smile and laugh but he’d hit me on the shoulder like it’s ok it doesn’t matter it’s all good. Such a loss. Love you all and are thinking of you. Karen and Susie.❤️

  • To the Brown and Thaw Family, We are so deeply sorryy to hear about the passing of Larry. He was the kindest individual and always had a smile for you. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers daily. There is little one can say or do to remove the pain of loosing a loved one but we sincerely hope it helps to know that I am sure God is smiling and the angels are rejoicing since Larry has entered the gates of Heaven.
    Chuck and Norma (Haley) Hopkins

  • We are so sorry so to hear of the passing of Larry. Our prayers will be with his family. Brenda and Edward Wygal .

  • Bob and I want to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Larry served and loved his family, friends and community with an open heart and his love for the Lord. I am sure he will be missed by all. May the Lord be with you all and give you peace and healing. Our prayers are with you all.
    Love to you all, Bob and Linda Rachow

  • To all the family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences. I will keep you all in my thoughts amd prayers.Larry was such a great guy & uncle. He will be missed & loved by all. R.I.P. Larry.

  • Mrs. Brown, Tim, Amy, Jody and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was always such a kind and fun person to be around with a great sense of humor and caring spirit. Our prayers are with you all. He will be greatly missed and always admired by all who knew him.

    John and Cay Lavender

  • We’re so sorry for your loss! May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • So sorry to read this. He was such as good friend of Marion Catholic, it’s students and staff. My sincerest condolences to the family.

  • Larry has been a mentor to me at the Knights of Columbus and elsewhere in life . Larry is a pillar of the Marion community he will be sorely missed

  • Sue, Tim, Amy, Jody and family,
    Our deepest sympathy. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Adam and Brittany Issler

  • We are thinking of you all. Many hugs and memories to get you through this difficult time. Prayers🙏🏻❤️

  • Larry always wore a smile! Each time he saw Jack he would say Hey digger! How’s it going? And Jack would reply with a smile And don’t forget, I’ll be the last to let you down! He will be greatly missed. Many thoughts and prayers Susan for you and your family.

  • To the Brown and Thaw Family: No one can replace the amazing person Larry was. Hold on to the memories and know he will always be with you. If God brings you to it, He will see you through it. You all are in my prayers.

  • So sorry to learn of Larry’s passing. He was always a smiling face and had much love for his family and faith. His presence will be dearly missed.

  • Words cannot express the sadness we feel for you, Sue , your children and grandchildren. Larry was a wonderful person and his presence leaves a big void in our lives. He was a great friend to Lynn and his daily phone calls we looked forward to. May God’s loving arms wrap you all in His care and bring comfort and peace. With sympathy, friendship and love.
    Lynn and Velma Clabaugh

  • The Marion Harding Basketball Family sends our condolences for the loss of your Husband/Father/ Grandfather. Losing a loved one is always difficult, we pray for the strength that comes from family for each of you. By all accounts Larry was a special person. His life was cut short, but it sounds as though his was a life well lived. Tim is a beloved member of our extended family, I pray that you each find strength in each other during this tough time.

    Don Worstell
    Harding Basketball Family

  • Sue, Tim, Amy & Jody
    Larry was always full of life and mischief. In addition to his many accomplishments and contributions to our county, he had a big heart for those least fortunate members of our community as evidenced by he and Sue being house parents for Developmentally Disabled men for decades where, they also raised their children. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to your family.

  • My family and I were so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. He was such a good friend and outstanding person. The community has lost a true public servant and a family has lost a true family man. I will miss talking with him about work and life. My heart and prayers go out to The while family.

    Phil Wright and Family

  • To Sue, Tim, Amy, Jody and all the Brown family;
    My wife and I are very sad and sorry for your loss. Larry was a fine man and very kind to me and my family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Kevin and Kristen Vangeloff

  • Sending condolences, prayers, and blessings to all the Brown and Thaw families on the passing of our
    dear friend, Larry Brown. We remember and cherish fond memories, friendship and more….of Larry.
    God Bless Larry Brown and All the Families….May Larry RIP
    Casey Families…..

  • Sending condolences, prayers, and blessings to all the Brown and Thaw families on the passing of our
    dear friend, Larry Brown. We remember and cherish fond memories, friendship and more….of Larry.
    God Bless Larry Brown and All the Families….May Larry RIP.
    Casey Families…..

  • Brown Family- I am so sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. I always admired his sense of humor and his generosity. The Harding Junior Civitans and Marion County Civitans will deeply miss him.
    Cheri Tolly

  • I’m so sad to hear this news. I have great memories of spending time enjoying the outdoors with Larry and Tim… a nicer man and family I’m not sure I’ll ever meet. Aleece and I have you in our thoughts.

  • So sorry to hear of Larry’s passing. May your memories be your comfort.
    God Bless You,
    Kevan and LuAnn Hartman