Jerry was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the eldest of the 5 children of Curtis and Esther (Layman) Brown. His four sisters came along in the next ten years: Harriet, Nancy, Margaret, and Ruby. He worked at many jobs, starting at age 11, in order to help the family out, but still found time to play ice hockey, do some fishing, and play hookie from church with his sister. At the age of 17, he left home to join the Air Force, which gave him a 20 year career in radio and communications, world-wide travel experience he treasured, and while stationed in Germany, he met his beloved wife, Helmi. Eventually, the Air Force brought them to Lowry Air Force Base, and he and Helmi decided to make their forever home in Aurora, Colorado. Jerry retired from the Air Force in 1969.
The next adventure began just about 9 months later, when their son, Scotty, was born, just as Jerry was beginning his second career in aerospace quality. It was an exciting time with friends and their families bowling, golfing, fishing, skiing, and eventually scuba diving. When Jerry retired from Ball Aerospace in 1994, there was no slowing down. RV trips through Canada, throughout the southwest and into Mexico, and California, diving adventures in Hawaii and the Carribean, camping and fishing trips around Colorado, and just getting together with friends were ongoing until Helmi passed away in 2008. Jerry often said that taking care of his little puppy, Schnapps, kept him alive through his grief.
Then in 2009, he met Jean Cutshall in Cardiac Rehab, fell in love, and they became partners in 2010. Another wonderful adventure continued for 9 years with golf, travel, fishing and lots of good times with their families and friends new and old.
And now he has left us to remember how grateful he was for such a full and wonderful life!
Jerry is survived by his son, Scott Brown and his wife Pam, grandsons Michael and Jason, his partner, Jean Cutshall, and her son, Joe Cutshall, daughter-in-law, Caroline and granddaughter, Sophie, all from Colorado. He is also survived by sisters Harriet Servais, and Ruby Wouters; nieces Robyn Servais and Pam Wussow, nephew Gary Servais, and niece-in-law, Jean Servais, all in Wisconsin. He was beloved by many more great and great-great nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors, and wonderful caregivers. He will always be remembered for his delight in life, his generosity and his positive, optimistic outlook on life.
A Celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on December 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Two Penguins. Please bring your memories to share. Please RSVP to Jean Cutshall if you plan to attend Jerry's celebration.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Colorado Hospital Cardiac Rehab Fund or to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keensburg, Colorado, or to the charity of your choice.
Instructions for donations to UCH Cardiac Rehab:
1. Website to donate: https://www.uchospitalfoundation.org/
a. Please have individual fill in, “in Memory of Gerald Philip Brown”.
b. Select “Cardiac and Vascular Center Fund”
2. If donating by check, please note on check that the donation is to go to Cardiac Rehab Fund.
or a check payable and mailed to: UCH Foundation, 2400 S. Peoria Street, Ste. 100, Aurora, CO 80014
Instructions for donations to the Wild Animal Sanctuary:
1. Website to donate: wildanimalsanctuary.org
Choose “Make a Donation” and include “in memory of Gerald Philip Brown”
2. If donating by check, Checks may be mailed to the Sanctuary at: 1946 CR 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643
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