Helen Brown Krpan


Helen, 97, passed away unexpectedly at her home late Sunday evening. She requested no services; private burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Spring Hill, KS. Condolences may be left www.brucefuneralhome.com

She was born and raised in Spring Hill, KS and graduated from Spring Hill High School in 1939. After graduating from high school, Helen worked as domestic help for several prominent KCMO families, one of which was the Giesinger’s. Mr. Giesinger encouraged Helen to get a welder’s license, which she did. She went on to work for Common Wealth Air Craft Company, welding gliders for the US service men during the war, where she met her husband Nick. He was her supervisor and after a six month courtship, they were married. The marriage lasted 22 years before separating and divorcing and going their separate ways. Helen said she never met a man like him before. He would bring her a candy bar every day (Guys, it is the candy, not flowers). Also, he had: two custom made suits (there is something about a sharp dressed man), a guitar and played in a band, Royal Cadets (guys learn to play the guitar and you will go far) “Hey! Aren’t those phrases or lyrics to a song?”. After the war, Helen worked a short time for Franklin Ice Cream Company. 23 years later Helen worked for the Gem Store in the Children’s Dept, which she enjoyed. She then went off to work for Daisy Products, retiring in August 1984. Helen enjoyed refinishing furniture, cooking and sewing, and once made slip covers for Nick’s ‘52 Mercury. Helen will best be remembered for her height 5’ 9 1/2” and her natural platinum color hair, but most of all for her 1975 white Firebird which she kept for 29 years. Mothie, thank you for standing up and believing in me when others did not, love, Ron.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Brown and Tillie J (Mays) Zollinger; half sister, Bertie M. Sutcliff and husband George Landis; brother, Jimmy W Brown and wife Elsie White; nephew, Wayne H. Brown; brother, Elmer (Shorty) Brown and wife Modeana; step niece, Judith and Marvin Smith. Helen leaves behind one son, Ronald.

A special thank you to Dr. Darrin A Davis, Catholic Community Hospice, Spring Hill Fire Dept., Aquinas Home Health, Nottingham Health and Rehabilitation and Olathe Medical Center.