Alton Ray Brown, 76, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away peacefully at 6:10 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Donnellson Health Center in Donnellson, IA. He was born on November 6, 1940 in Camden County, MO to Raymond & Neva (Sellars-Brown) Becker. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1970, a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, and later served two years in the Army National Guard in Lebanon & Hannibal, MO. He retired from the Iowa State Penitentiary in 2003, having served for more than two decades as a correctional officer.
Alton is survived by: 1-son: David E. Testa (wife Lisa) of Fredericksburg, VA; 1-sister: Carol M. Nelson (husband William) of St. Louis, MO.; 5-grandchildren; 3-great grandchildren; and 2-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3-wives and 1-son: Ricky Lee Testa.
Per his wishes, cremation has been entrusted to King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory in Fort Madison, IA. Burial with honors will be at 10:45 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2017, at the West Entrance Shelter of Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA. In lieu of flowers; the family is requesting any donations in Alton’s memory be made to a worthy charity providing direct assistance to disabled U.S. military veterans. Online condolences to Alton’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.