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Gary W. Brown

Athens

Gary W. Brown, 60 of Athens, MI lost his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on July 16, 2014.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Brown with whom he was united in marriage on December 15, 1973.  Also surviving are his daughter Amy Brown; two sons, Jason Brown and Cody Brown; 4 grandchildren, Mercedes and Xavier Matthews and Kayla and Kylee Brown; two brothers, Charles (Christa) Brown of Ceresco, MI, Larry (Tina)) Brown of Hagerstown, MD; and a sister Tina (Ed) Bickford (Battle Creek). He had many nieces and nephews whom he adored and they adored him: Timothy Brown, Cheryl Rosenbaum, Sasha Olinger, Matthew Brown, Ryan Brown, Candice Brown, Christopher LeClair and Seth Bickford.  Many wonderful cousins, Aunts, Uncles, sister in law Sue Barrus, mother in law Vivian Clark and his best friend, Mike Jowers will also miss the presence of Gary Brown.  Gary was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Louis and Edna Brown, his maternal grandparents, Klahris and Mary King and his parents, Charles and Gloria Brown.

Gary graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1972 and spent the last 31 years being an owner/operator of his own semi-truck, most recently driving for Ever Fresh Farms since 1994.  Gary has made many friends spanning from the East Coast to the West Coast during his truck driving career.  To sum up any person's life in a few paragraphs is difficult, but Gary was larger than life and during his 16 month battle I know he found that his worth in life was not material things but in the people's lives he touched and the joy he brought.  His children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews were so very precious to him and Gary made sure to make time to make a difference in their lives.  Gary loved all things vintage.  He loved old cars and old TV shows.  In his very limited spare time he was an electric train enthusiast, collected Kiss and Coca Cola memorabilia, rode motorcycles and loved classic car shows. Gary loved the North West and planned on retiring in Astoria, OR but unfortunately he gained his purple wings before he was able to do so.  No more pain, no more suffering and no more agony; only peace with the Lord now.

Funeral services for Gary will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Royal Funeral Home, Battle Creek.  Visitation will be on Monday, from 2-4 and 6-8. Burial will be in Floral Lawn memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research or the Wounded Warrior Project.



Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from July 18 to July 20, 2014
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