John W. Brown, 93, dies

Columbus, OH — John W. Brown, 93, of Macomb, Ill., died Oct. 22, 2022, at his home surrounded by his large and loving family.

He was born Nov. 15, 1928, to Glen and Eva (Mason) Brown in Macomb.

He married Betty Prichard on Dec. 5, 1947, at the home of her parents, Ben and Hazel Prichard. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2015.

Mr. Brown is survived by his daughters, Bonnie (Gene) Gaddis, Janet Laurent, and Barbara (Paul) Parker; sons, John and Marty; brother, LeRoy; son-in-law, Buzz Stuckwisch; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Becky Campbell and Cindy Stuckwisch; son-in-law, Bob Campbell; daughter-in-law, Lori; grandson, Matthew Parker; granddaughter, Bobbi Bainter; and great-granddaughter, Katy Grey.

He was a member of the Macomb Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith where he served as deacon, trustee, and Sunday school teacher. He was faithful to his God and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ until the very end.

He was a World War II veteran and a cement contractor by trade. He served on the board of Bridgeway as well as the Illinois Standardbred Association and was a member of the USTA.

Mr. Brown was an owner, breeder, trainer, and driver of many successful Standardbreds. The most famous was Iggy Magoo who was honored by the city with Iggy Magoo Day, a parade, and the key to the city. Mr. Brown and his beloved horse were inducted into the Illinois Harness Horse Hall of Fame.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 26) at the Macomb Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, 625 W. Chase St., Macomb, Ill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery with Military rites by the Macomb American Legion & VFW.

Memorial contributions may be made to MDH Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook or leave condolences at

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