The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 9, 2013

Galen B. Browning


The Joplin Globe

NEOSHO, Mo. —  

Galen B. Browning, 89, went to be with his Lord Savior at 2:40 p.m. on March 7, 2013, at Freeman Neosho Hospital Neosho, Mo.

He was born July 18, 1923, in Pierce City, Mo., to Heber and Mabel (Seaton) Browning.

Galen was a lifelong area resident and for many years, alongside his Dad, owned and operated Browning Furniture Store in Neosho, until his retirement. Galen was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. He was also a State Representative of District No. 129 for four terms. He was a member and served as lead music director at Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho, for over 25 years. Galen was also a member of Calvary Quartet, Gideons International, Neosho Chamber of Commerce and served on Neosho City Council.  

Galen married Leila Jo Fowler on Oct. 9, 1944, and she preceded him in death on June 18, 1986. He then married Frances M. Cushman on Dec. 26, 1988, and she has also preceded him in death. He married Myrna Whitmire on Aug. 10, 2002, and she survives.

He is also survived by his children, Gale Potter, of Neosho, Ann Ashcraft and husband, Randy, of Richmond, Va., Cathy Browning, of Neosho, Mark Browning, of Loma Linda, Mo., Dale Mitchell and wife, Ilene, of Joplin, Mo.; stepchildren, Cathy Bay, of Webb City, Mo., Cindy Daugherty, of Neosho, Todd Whitmire, of Neosho; seven grandchildren; 13 step grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 11, at Calvary Baptist Church, Neosho. Rev. Sam Turner officiating. Interment will be in IOOF Cemetery, Neosho, with full Military Honors. Viewing hours will be from 12 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Clark Funeral Home Neosho.