Dr. Roy W. Browning, Jr. obituary

Dr. Roy W. Browning, Jr., 92, of Topeka, passed away Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021.

His family will be gathering privately at a later date to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roy Browning Scholarship Fund at Ottawa University. Please designate gifts "In Memory of Roy Browning." To give electronically, please use this link: www.ottawa.edu/makeagift. Mail gifts to: Ottawa University, Attn: Advancement Office - Roy Browning Fund, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, KS 66067. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.DoveTopeka.com.

He was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Oketo, Kansas, the son of Roy W. Browning, Sr. and Elva B. (Ward) Browning.

Roy earned several degrees over a lifetime of learning beginning with his graduation from Ottawa University ('50) and culminating in a Doctorate of Education from the University of Kansas ('68). After receiving his Master of Divinity from Phillips University ('55), Roy served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force on active and reserve duty for 32 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

With over 25 years in Central Administration in public schools, Roy retired in 1991 as Assistant Superintendent of Continuing Education Services, USD 501 (Topeka).

Roy was a member of the West Side Christian Church, Topeka, for over 60 years serving in various roles, including Elder. He actively participated in numerous professional and civic organizations at local, state, and national levels, including Rotary International, the American Red Cross, and the Board of Trustees at Ottawa University.

While Roy's service to community and country gave him great purpose, his strong Christian faith and love for his family, were the hallmarks of his life. Married to Geraldine L. Green on December 27, 1950 in Courtland, KS, they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include his wife, Gerry; his children, Roy (Karlene) Browning, III, of Olathe; Christy (J.D.) Holt, of Topeka; Julie (Rick) Loevenstein, of Shawnee; eight grandchildren, Kamden, Karina, Shaylene, Christopher, Sharise, Lindsay, Mark and Kurt; six great-grandchildren, Addison, Tyler, Eve, Ezra, Titus and Carver; sister, Marilyn (Al) Keefer, of Ottawa.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild, Derek.

Whether known as Roy, Daddy, or Papoo, this servant of God will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Posted online on February 19, 2021