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Marathon Memorial Chapel
Saturday February 22nd, 2020

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Lawrence L. "Corky" Brown

Lawrence L. “Corky” Brown, 84, of Marathon, NY, died peacefully Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center with his family by his side. Corky was born in Lapeer on October 22, 1935, son of the late Norman N. and Mildred L. Gutchess Brown. A lifelong resident of the area, Corky was a member of the Marathon Central School graduating class of 1954.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Stengle Brown and his children; Lee (Kim) Brown of Lapeer, Suzanne (Michael) McCutcheon of Cortland, Melissa (Ward) Fox of Marathon, Jenna (Katherine Craig) Brown of Cortland and Daniel (Suzanne) Brown of West Chester, PA. Corky also leaves behind his stepdaughters Lisa Robertson of Syracuse and Jennifer Dovin of Binghamton, a sister Elinor Banks of Liberty, the mother of his children Jean E. Hansen of Marathon, daughter-in-law Natalie (Doscher Brown) Parker of Marathon, twenty-nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Allan J. Brown, sisters Marian Robinson, Laura Medchill and Leona Hudson and a brother Thomas Brown.

Corky was a member of Christ Community Church. He operated the family dairy farm for many years and also worked for Roger Beck, the Town of Lapeer and Big Toy (Kompan). He and Barbara operated L.B. Brown Haflingers, breeding, training and showing horses. Corky was a member of the Board of Directors of Dryden Mutual Insurance Company for forty-two years as well as serving on the Lapeer Town Board, the Marathon Central School Board, a member of Marathon Agway Local Committee and the Lions Club. He was also involved with several farm organizations including Dairymen’s League, GLF, NYABC and Cortland County Cooperative Extension.

Corky was an avid athlete and outdoorsman enjoying basketball, golf, bowling, softball, hunting and fishing. He was also an ardent follower of the NY Giants, SU and local high school sports. He spent many hours in his woodworking shop building everything from furniture to horse wagons. Corky was also very proud of having earned his pilot’s license.

The family will receive friends at the Marathon Memorial Chapel, 4071 State Route 221E, on Friday, February 21st from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at the Chapel on Saturday, February 22nd at 11 am with Corky’s son, Lee Brown, officiating. Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Morton Building in Marathon. Internment will be at Parker Street Cemetery in the spring. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Corky may be directed to CAPCO, 32 N. Main Street, Cortland, NY 13045.

The family would like to thank the staff at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center floors 2S and 2C for their wonderful care of Corky.

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Such a pleasure getting to know Corky. He always greeted me with a smile and a twinkle in his eye. Loved hearing his stories of hiking and paddling. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Janice Walter-Ferrick, P.T. Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM

My original message was cut off so I will add the condensed version. Through Al, I met Corky and the first meeting is one I will always remember. I recall Al telling me later that it was the first time he had a beer with his old man. Thus started a wonderful friendship with Corky, a man I came to admire, respect, and look to for advice. We lost touch over the years but I saw Corky and Barbara a couple times at a restaurant in Cortland. He may have moved a bit slower, but it was nice to see that twinkle still in his eyes. There was something about Corky that always made me feel ten feet tall. Corky Brown was a truly extraordinary man and I am grateful for all the ways that he enriched my life. I wish courage and comfort to all those who knew and loved him. He will surely be missed.

Linda (Contento) Schmidt Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

Hi to the family of Corky Brown,

Barbara, Lee & Kim
Corky was a great friend and will surely be missed , The many years on the Board of Dryden Ins. the many trips fishing and Board retreats. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are in'Florida now.

reeder1@twcny.rr.com Feb 22 2020 12:00 AM

When I moved to Marathon in my early 20s, I didnt know anyone. Im not sure I would have survived Marathon without my dear neighbors, the Kenyons, and the young friends I made, whom I cherish to this day. One of those cherished friends was Al Brown.

Linda (Contento) Schmidt Feb 19 2020 12:00 AM

Im so sorry for your family loss. I always remember going to the farm and spending the night and he loved to pick on all of us kids. We would always seem to hang around in the kitchen. Of course I loved cleaning the stalls in barn with Melissa!! He will be truly missed!

Tammy OShea-Howe Feb 18 2020 12:00 AM

Going to miss this man; a lot ~

Mike McCutcheon Feb 17 2020 12:00 AM

He was a honorable man. I remember many soccer games playing with him in the early 50's. We all had on steel toes in our shoes and chin guards that were of some kind of plaster. I don't want to remember all the times when he was coming to the ball and an opponent was coming at the ball, there was a crash of shoes and shin guards and was the only one standing. He had that smile and grin on his face. He was tough. But.he was kind to me and others off the playing field. The sound of crashing is still in my head to this day, as if we were still playing with the team in 54. Herman Doscher 55.

Herman Doscher Feb 17 2020 12:00 AM

What memories of a super man! Corky was loved by many, always had that grin and something nice to say. Enjoyed many laughs with you over the years, thanks for the memories!

Kaye Liddington Hall Feb 16 2020 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace Corky! I always enjoyed hanging out at your house growing up! Your warm smile and laughter and the way you always made me feel welcome just like I was one of your own will always be a cherished memory!

Juli Finch Feb 16 2020 12:00 AM

Corky was a wonderful man who always had the time to chat and always had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed by many.

Eileen Reusch -Ledger Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

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