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Richard L. “Rick” Brown

October 11, 1947 — December 29, 2022

Richard L. “Rick” Brown, 75 of Cicero passed away at 3:05 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at home.  He was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on October 11, 1947 to Alfred Hoverd and Edla Lorieta (Sears) Brown.  Rick married Evelyn Mae Odom on August 7, 1969; she survives.

Rick was a firm believer in hard work, which made it important to him to set the appropriate goals for himself. After getting started in the car business, owning a dealership became a major goal for him to achieve. That goal came true in the early 2000’s as Rick became owner of Dan Young GM, a dealership that he had been working at since the early 1990’s.  Rick would often be found at classic car shows, enjoying the history of the automotive industry.

Rick was very active in the Tipton Community.  His operation and ownership of Dan Young General Motors for many years provided an avenue for him to make meaningful contributions to many throughout the area.  Rick was very involved with holiday philanthropy, participating with the Kokomo We Care and Tipton We Share programs.

When Rick was not at the dealership, he enjoyed boating and activities on the lake.  Many memories were made during the trips to Dale Hollow for family vacations.  He loved to bowl and enjoyed the yearly Elks National Bowling weekend.   Rick was a member of the Tipton Elks Lodge and the Moose in Tipton, and was a former member of the Tipton Rotary Club.

Rick served his country in the Army from December of 1966 through December of 1968.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn of Cicero, children Jim Cripe and wife Angela of Whitestown, Sheri Gruwell and husband Tim of Daleville, and Joe Brown and wife Christy of Cicero.  Grandchildren include Taylor Cripe, Jeremy Cripe, Andrew Walters, Andrea Gruwell, Madison Brown and Katelyn Brown.  Rick has four great grandchildren; Natalee, Emma, Gracelynn, and McKinlee Walters.

Funeral services for Rick will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, at Young-Nichols Funeral Home in Tipton with Rev. Jeff Harlow presiding.  Burial with military rites conducted by the Tipton American Legion and the U.S. Army will follow at Cicero Cemetery in Cicero, Indiana.  Visitation will occur on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday from Noon until service time at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Tipton County Foundation, 1020 W. Jefferson Street, Tipton, Indiana, 46072.

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