Ronald Rex Brown
1941 - 2021
All Veterans Funeral & Cremation - Colorado Springs
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Colorado Springs, CO
Ronald "Ron" Rex


November 8, 1941

September 5, 2021

Colonel Ronald R. Brown, USAF (ret), leader, husband, father, grandfather, and consummate outdoorsman peacefully departed this life on 5 September 2021 in Colorado Springs at the age of 79. He was born 8 November 1941 in Lyons, Kansas to Willis Winston and Viva Anna (Mulch) Brown. In 1951 the family moved to Downs, Kansas where Ron spent his formative teenage years. He earned his Eagle Scout award, played football and basketball, was elected Downs High School senior class president in 1959, as well as elected prom king.

Following graduation Ron attended Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas majoring in physics. Ron enrolled in Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and rose to become the cadet group commander and distinguished graduate. While at Washburn he met his future wife Rosanne whom he married in 1961. Commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in 1964, the Air Force sent him to Texas A&M University for basic meteorological training; later he earned a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington. During his 26 years in the Air Force, he served as staff meteorologist, detachment commander, squadron commander, and wing commander including tours at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam, Fuchu Air Base, Japan, and Kapaun Air Station, Germany. In 1990 he retired from the Air Force following his assignment as commander, 2nd Weather Wing, moved to Colorado and settled in Black Forest.

Not content with being idle Ron earned his teaching certificate at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and taught math and science at Falcon High School for 7 years. At the same time, he became active in the Black Forest community and Black Forest Community Club, as well as president of his Homeowner's Association. In 2005 the Black Forest Community Club named Ron and Rosanne "Keeper of the Keys." Ron was also able to enjoy his passion for the outdoors. An accomplished hunter and fisherman, he also enjoyed horseback riding, boating, skiing, hiking, golf, and even a stint as a white water rafting guide. As a father and grandfather, he passed on his passion to his children and grandchildren. He and Rosanne also traveled extensively, embarking on cruises to and around Alaska and Australia.

Ron was predeceased by his parents, Winston and Viva Brown; Rosanne, his wife of 55 years; and his brother Duane. He is survived by his children Steven, Christine and husband Rob Melton; his grandchildren Eric Melton and Mike Melton and his wife Bethann; and great-grandson Wylder Melton.

A memorial service will be held at the Black Forest Lutheran Church on Thursday, 23 September, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity Ron was very passionate about.
Published by The Gazette from Sep. 15 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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Rosanne, It´s been years since working for you @ Tinker AFB, and "out of the blue" thought of you an hour ago... ! We´re in the car now heading to MN (Mayo Clinic) from PA. Too often sadly have lost contact w USAF friends like you & Ron & great related memories. Both of us are so shocked to learn of Ron´s passing just days ago in the "Springs". Recall Dave graduated from USAFA in 1969!! Can´t imagine your sorrow after great marriage/ ...even knew Christie in HS, still have your company recipe & recall Ron coming to visit you @ OSU /Tinker AFB office from leader of Weather Squad. I started working for you /OSU Continuing Edu, @ 29 yrs old & so many memories of you & Ron. Want to reach out to you and express our sadness. We pray Black Forest Lutheran will take my e-mail /name & phone number to contact me when you feel it´s the time to reach out to us at any time living Lititz, PA. Sorry to be shocked about Ron´s passing & intuition to search for you & Ron today after so many years. Our thoughts & many prayers for Ron & you both. Carol & Dave Hartmann
Carol / David Hartmann
September 24, 2021
Thanks for the memories old friend.
Bob Paige
September 17, 2021
God bless you and keep you in His heavenly kingdom!
Mike Gottschall
September 15, 2021
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