Larry Brower Dead at 68

September 7, 1946-September 25, 2014
September 7, 1946-September 25, 2014

My Good Friend Larry D. Brower has died after a prolonged illness.  No woman has been loved by a man like Larry loved his Margo and he is now with her again.

I had the privilege to work with Larry and  call him Friend.  Many might have called him gruff but he had a heart as big as Iowa and would give the shirt of his back to help you.

Larry’s health failed him a few years ago and his step daughter Carla cared for him.  After Margo died and estranged from his family in Iowa, it was Carla that brought joy back into Larry’s life.

This was no mean feat for Larry was fiercely independent.   He loved his cats and his gun collection and read the newspaper cover to cover every day.  I learned to never question him about football.  He was right and I was wrong and that was that.

Larry was a 22 year Air Force Veteran and retired  as a Senior Master Sergeant.  He was a crew chief and worked on the F-4 Phantom, the T-39, the F-5 and his beloved SR-71.

Larry worked the Blackbird at Beale AFB and Kadena AB.
Larry worked the Blackbird at Beale AFB and Kadena AB.
Larry was in the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis.
Larry was in the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis.

65th Agressors

True to his Iowan heritage, Larry was ever tight-lipped and humble about his service but be reassured that he contributed significantly to our Country and his distinguished service was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflected great credit upon himself, and the United States of America.


Larry was buried with full military honors on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 in the Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Iowa.

If you wish, please donate to Larry’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project.




8 thoughts on “Larry Brower Dead at 68

  1. How sad this is. My brother in law didn’t look well in this photo. God rest his soul. He is with my sister now!

  2. Thank you Walt,no one has ever described Larry Brower to a T like you have. I must say, my make up was perfect for a Friday, but nothing has brought me to tears as quickly as this article. .Thank you so very much……

  3. I while back I wrote about my Dad and how the Greatest Generation was fading away. I now notice that Vietnam Veterans are also fading away. If you have a family member or know a Vet, reach out to them before it’s too late. Try to get them to talk. They won’t, but Love and Cherish them anyway.

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