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Gary Alton Brown
  • Alzheimer's Association
    2111 University Park Drive, Suite 200
    Okemos, MI 48864

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“Dear Barb, We're so sorry that we missed the notice of Gary's passing and the visitation.Our thoughts are with you, Rich and Sue Heeres ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Heeres - Battle Creek, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! ”
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“Our thoughts are with u all ! ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon Terrell - Danville, AL

“Jim, Nancy,Please know I would have been there to support you both tonight if it were in my power. Gary was always a true friend through school and...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Brad Latty - Battle Creek, MI

“Barb, So sorry for your loss. Gary and I worked at the mill along time. I always felt better when he was working the same shift that I was. He will...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Robert Blunk - Union City, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Sherry, Renae, Kyleigh, Peyton Smith - KY

“Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy and will be missed by us all. Just know that he will always be with you in your heart and in...Read More »
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“"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. .... ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Richard Judd - Brandon, FL

“Brent, Stephanie & Family.We are so sorry for your loss. We know you have lots of great memories with your father and may these memories hold you...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Jerry & Marsha Porter. - MI

“Your friendship thru the years are truly treasured. Your infectious smile and laughter- none could beat. Oh dear friend, may you rest now and know...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Melissa & Jerry Ebel - Friend

“Barb, We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Hugs ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Cam, Tiffany, Madison/Dar LaPlante/Trayer - MI

“Rest in peace Gary. You will be missed. ”
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Gary Alton Brown, 68, went to be with the Lord, Monday, January 22, 2018. He passed peacefully with family by his side at the Veterans Affairs Medical Facility in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Gary was born April 30, 1949 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Berta and Furman Brown. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War. After serving in the Marines during Vietnam, Gary came back to Battle Creek to raise his family. He worked at Michigan paperboard for 38 years and retired in 2008 after being diagnosed with dementia.

Gary is survived by his wife of 18 years, Barbara Brown; three sons, Gary Jr. (Robin) Brown, Brian Brown, Brent (Stephanie) Brown; a daughter, Traci (Eric) Gibson; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two stepchildren, Christopher (Michelle) Ostrander, Marci (Kevin) Spier; five step-grandchildren; his brother, Jim Brown; his sister, Nancy (Jerry) Nye; and many close friends and family. Gary was preceded in death by his mother and father, Berta and Furman Brown; his good friend and brother-in-law, Jim Higgins; his wife, Patsy Brown; and his stepdaughter, Amanda Ostrander.

Gary loved his family and friends, and would spend as much time with them as he could. He was an avid golfer and a long-time member at Oakland Hills. He loved going out to eat with his family and friends.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where services to celebrate Gary's life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018. Military honors by the U. S. Marine Honor Guard and interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2111 University Park Drive, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd, Suite 102 PMB 609 Oceanside, CA 92057, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 477 Michigan Ave. Room 1220, VARO McNamara Fed Bldg., Detroit, MI 48226; or the Amanda fund through the Battle Creek Community Foundation, 32 W. Michigan Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49017. Personal messages for the family can be placed here at