A Celebration of Life & Memorial Service for Josh Brown will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 5, at Calvary Baptist Church in Republic, Missouri.
We have chosen to donate Josh’s body to medical science research*, meaning we will not have a graveside service. As a way to continue celebrating and sharing about Josh, we will hold a luminary service and potluck meal the evening of Saturday, October 5 at the Amphitheater by J.R. Martin Park in Republic. (Get Directions here).
We ask that you bring food items to share with friends and family beginning at 6 p.m. (potluck style) and lawn chairs, if needed.
We will release luminary lanterns into the sky at 8 p.m as we gather.
If you are unable to attend the services but still want to join us in celebrating Josh’s life, we encourage you to release lanterns or balloons, light sparklers or candles at the same time as us (8 p.m. Central Time). Feel free to video, photograph and share your experience using the #joshbrown2019 on social media.
In lieu of flowers, our family requests donations be made to an organization that we know is making a difference around the world called When I Grow Up.
You can also plant a tree in the U.S. National Forest in honor of Josh though the organization, The Trees Remember.
Note about dress:
Come dressed however you'd like, dressy or casual - maybe something warm for the outdoor evening.
Josh always enjoyed a good silly t-shirt and a good cardigan so feel free to wear your most witty one.
*Donation Note - Josh has experienced a lot physically. He had a lung removed and thyroid gland removed, faced cancer four times and more. We are honoring Josh (and Jenn's) desire to continue to help make a difference through medical research with a whole body donation to The Genesis Legacy Program.
In April of 2019, we learned that Josh had a large brain tumor, a glioblastoma, in the middle of his brain. At the age of 41, this was quite the surprise. Josh sadly passed away after a short battle on September 30, 2019.
View his obituary
These past months, we've navigated the complexities of treatment, and hospice care and learned that there wasn't really treatment and that in Josh's case, the tumor was inoperable.
We're sharing our hearts and experience as we navigate this unexpected turn and God's goodness in the middle of it. We hope to encourage others by sharing our story.
Thank you for following along with our journey even in grief.
Feel free to message us.
If you'd like to donate to medical expenses, here's a link or you can email us questions
More about Josh & Jenn
Jenn Brown is the author of this site, a loving wife and communications guru.
Josh Brown most recently served on staff at Fellowship Bible Church in NWA as a Springdale Community Pastor. We've served in ministry in Missouri, Texas, Virginia and Nevada.
Cancer has been big part of our story. Josh has battled cancer three times already with the first to being non-Hodgkins lymphoma at ages 15 and 25 and the third thyroid cancer last year and a GBM, brain tumor this year.
Jenn's mom, Carol passed away from breast cancer 21 years ago and her father also went through treatments for Chronic Leukemia (CLL) in 2017 and is doing well now.
Friends & Family
We have been so encouraged by friends and family. Thank you for the practical ways you are caring for us! We love you all! This is just few photo highlights of some meaningful moments.