Terrence Joseph Brown

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Terrence Joseph Brown, of Overland Park Kansas, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday November 4th surrounded by his family. Terrence was born in Trenton Nebraska on September 1, 1941. Terrence was an educator in the Kansas City Missouri school district for 30 years before retiring to pursue his passion for gardening, reading, recipe collecting, traveling the world, and enjoying his grandchildren, Lucas and Sophia. Terrence’s life was full of twists, turns, challenges and highlights and his journey was one of openness and striving to be a better person.  As a father, friend, spouse, and grandfather, Terrence did his best to live a life seeing the world as a place of hope and wonder. He positively impacted many lives and was seen by everyone who knew him as a kind, open, curious person who loved well. Terrence will be missed, but those of us who knew him are better for being a part in his journey. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Alma Brown and his 2 brothers Vincent and Darrell, and sister Jo. He is survived by his daughters Melody LeFever and Mandy Hill, and his husband and partner of 40 years Scott Pittack.


A celebration of Terrence’s life will be held at Center for Spiritual Living 1014 39th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, Monday November 21st at 5:00.


  1. Sally Lewis on November 18, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Oh how I loved this man. He was one of my best friends and favorite people. We shared so many interesting conversations and books and our trips with he and Scott will be remembered as some of my best. He was a funny guy but also so gracious, so genuine. He will always remain in my heart and I will miss him terribly

  2. Linda Van Velduizen on November 15, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Terrance was an amazing person and friend. I am grateful to have met him and Scott while attending the church a few years back. Rest dear one. You will be missed.

  3. Ted Collins on November 15, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Such a wonderful man who will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. I am grateful to have known Terrence and my life is better because of it.

  4. Kathy on November 15, 2022 at 9:28 am

    All our love sent to you from Ken Ellertson’s kids. Terry just was so easy to be around. Always made me, Kathy laugh!! I knew him quite well when we lived in MO. Our prayers are with you. Kathy, Mark, Gretchen and Jan

  5. Wanda (Gaulke) Mashue on November 15, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Terry’s death. I knew him in college – he was a great pianist and such fun to be around. He played for a quartet that traveled in the summer. I am a pianist also, and played for a girls trio that also traveled and his ex wife, Gail, such a lovely lady/friend, was in trio I played for. She is also gone now. Terry is the one that called me about her death several years ago and I couldn’t believe it and now he’s gone. I have so many wonderful and fun memories of those college days that he and Gail were a part of – we all even sang together in the college choir that toured each year. Everyone loved Terry – he always had something funny to say – could brighten up anyone’s spirits. I was in his home many years ago when our college class had a reunion in Kansas City (20+ yrs. ago) and I asked him to play the piano for me – that was a treat and he was still as good a pianist as I remember. He was a delight to know and be around.
    May he rest in peace – until we meet again.

    • Joyce Hidy Wann on November 17, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks for your words, Wanda. Those of us who knew Terry will never forget him. We went to the
      same church in Trenton, Nebraska before we went to college. So very many memories of a wonderful person. You will never be forgotten dear Terrence!!

  6. Margie Walters on November 15, 2022 at 7:11 am

    I was so blessed to have known Terry in college. He was cute, fun and a wonderful musician. He was my best buddy there in college and even tho I didn’t see him often in later life I still love him. God rest his soul.

  7. Diane Zuch on November 15, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Terrence was a precious soul, full of love and light. He was bright and so fun to talk to. He thought deeply about spiritual things and I am sure he is delighted to now return to knowing the truth of things. I have missed him since the pandemic separated us all, only now I miss him without hope of seeing him again.

  8. Joyce Hidy Wann on November 14, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    There are no words to say how I feel about Terrence (Terry to me when we were growing up. ) I will forever remember the dear friend he was for so many years.
    Rest In peace!!!! Until we meet again.
    Your very special friend,
    Joyce Hidy Wann

  9. J Brown on November 14, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    Dear Uncle, you will always be missed and looked on dearly with some of my fondest memories. Spending time with you and all of your family was always very fun, comfortable, relaxed and enjoyable. Unfortunately you were the last of our aunts and uncles but you always made being around you a little extra joyful and I thank you!

  10. Bruce Rowe on November 14, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the memories, Terry!!

  11. Bar Norbeck on November 14, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Dearest family. Especially cousin Scott.
    Doug and I are saddened by the news on the passing of Terrance. We are sending warm hugs and love along with prayers for peace and comfort for you all.
    Take care until we meet again.
    Doug and Barb

  12. Laurel A Campbell on November 14, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Heartbreaking loss for his family, partner & friends. What a truly intelligent, inquisitive, kind & loving man. I am a better person for having known him. He & Scott have been so gracious to myself & family. They truly are like family to us. We were married in their beautiful backyard. Love Terrence so very much.

  13. Cousin Leslie on November 14, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Love you Scott. So glad you found each other. He sounds like a special person. I wish I could have got to know him.

  14. Susan Lieberman on November 14, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    I feel very fortunate to have met Terrence through a group of friends. Terrence was so very witty and funny. My favorite memories of Terrence were on a trip to Ireland with Terrence, Scott, Georgia and Mark. What a wonderful man! I will miss talking with him. He was a gentleman and a scholar. Kind and loving thoughts to Scott, Terrence’s daughters and grandchildren.

  15. Cathe Horton on November 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    My friend, Terrence loved nice things and nice people. He was so fancy and easy to enjoy. My heart is knowing i will see him less these days but will talk w/him in my heart. We laughed often, the fun we shared are treasured memories… he made my life richer w/his friendship and care. I will love on, on his behalf.

  16. Elizabeth on November 14, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Uncle Terrance, we will miss you! This world has lost a beautiful person, but heaven has gained a beautiful soul. I’ll see you again someday, Now you Rest In Peace ❤️‍Love you Uncle Scott, Condolences to you, Terrance’s Daughters and his grand kids, hugs for everyone.

  17. Giovanni Luongo on November 14, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    I feel blessed to have known Terrence for the past few years. He was such a kind man with a gentle soul. He will be missed dearly. I’m so glad I have fond memories of the times we shared together.

    • Catalina Lopez on November 15, 2022 at 4:30 am

      May you rest in peace Terrance, it was a blessing to have meet you ,

  18. Marjorie Ellison on November 14, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    So loved by Auntie Marge♥️♥️

  19. Henry Tebbe on November 14, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    We will never forget Terrance. My partner Carl and I visited often, had wonderful travel experiences, and laughed a lot. Our funniest experience was at a casino in Kansas. We had a $500 voucher we thought could be used over several days. When we found out we had to use at one time we order steaks barely seared (for home freezing) sides, and desserts. We spent the $500 and had food for a week.
    Terrance and Scott were easy to be with and travel with. They stopped by last year on a trip and we enjoyed each other’s company; apparently for the last time.
    We will miss him and pray for Scott, his daughters, and grandchildren. Love. Henry

    • Michael Molick on November 15, 2022 at 1:07 pm

      I am saddened to hear of his passing. Terrence was a joy to have as a friend; he had a way of bringing out the best in people. And it was great fun to watch him blossom as an artist in class. You will be missed, dear friend.

  20. Rodney Phelps on November 14, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Terence truly was a blessing and friend to everyone. I will miss him, I always remember talking to him one on one in his back yard(that he designed) which was incredible he is a great comunicator.

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