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812 Westlake Ave, Morton, WA

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Gregory Kenneth "Greg" Brown

5 mars , 19642 décembre , 2019
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It is with great sadness we announce that on Monday, December 2, 2019, Gregory Kenneth Brown “Greg,” husband, father, son, brother, uncle, coach, friend, and all around great guy, passed away from injuries sustained in a farming accident at the age of 55. A native of Pine City, MN, Greg grew up on his family’s dairy farm and graduated from Pine City High School in 1982, after which he enlisted in the Air Force and served as a communications security technician. In 1984 he entered the United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School and then the Academy. He graduated from USAFA in May 1989 as a 2nd Lieutenant with a degree in civil engineering and was selected into the Air Force Civil Engineering career field. Greg loved his Civil Engineering career field; his service spanned from Texas, California, Washington, Alabama, Virginia, and Washington D.C. all the way to Korea, Germany, and Macedonia. Along the way he obtained his Professional Engineer's license from the state of Texas and his Master of Science in Engineering Management from Washington State University. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in May of 2007. In 2009 Greg settled in Randle, WA to become a farmer and, later, the White Pass Junior/Senior High School Cross Country Coach. Greg is survived by his wife of 30 years and best friend, Sherry, his sons Alex and Eric, his parents Ken and Rita, and his brothers and sisters Kathy (Greg) Stephan, Beverly (Gary) Benson, Sandy (Dick) Johnson, Jackie Brown, Doug (Colleen) Brown, Brad (Brenda) Brown, and Bruce (Heidi) Brown. Greg is also survived by 23 nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. Memorial gifts in memory of Greg can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans Association (801 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517) or Spinal Cord Research at University of Washington (Medicine Advancement, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 358045, Seattle WA 98195-8045.) A memorial service will be held for Greg on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1:00 PM at the White Pass High School Auxiliary Gym in Randle, WA with Chaplain Tim Walker officiating. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony in the High School Commons.

  • DONS

  • Paralyzed Veterans Association
  • Spinal Cord Research at University of Washington

Services

  • Memorial Service samedi, 14 décembre , 2019

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Sandra Johnson

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Jamie Van Pelt

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Jamie Van Pelt

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Jamie Van Pelt

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Visiting Como Zoo in 2009

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Greg's sister Kathy visited the ranch in February 2017

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Visiting Greg and Kathy in Pine City

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School pictures 1972-75

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Christmas 1968

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July 1970

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Greg and Bruce 1973

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Uncle Greg with Patrick and Amanda

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Uncle Greg with Patrick and Amanda

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Visit to Lubbock, TX

Biographie

Gregory Kenneth Brown was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Gregory was born on March 5, 1964 at Rush City Hospital in Rush City, Minnesota. His parents were Ken and Rita Brown. Gregory was raised in Pine City, Minnesota. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Brown household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Gregory was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Gregory was raised with seven siblings. He had four older sisters, Kathy, Beverly, Sandy and Jackie, and three younger brothers Doug, Brad and Bruce. Gregory was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Gregory and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Gregory was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Gregory was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Gregory developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Gregory took part in wrestling. He was a 4-H. In his spare time he liked reading books. Gregory's memorable achievements included showing his dairy cow at the state fair. However, what Gregory enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Gregory as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Pine City High School in 1982. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr Stroshane. Gregory was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Gregory always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Gregory handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Gregory was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Gregory was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Gregory well during his college experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1989. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Washington State University in 1997 and the Masters of Military Operational Art and Science Degree from Air Command and Staff College in 2004. His favorite courses were civil engineering.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Gregory was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Gregory was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Gregory to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. Later in life, he became friends with too many to name.

      On January 1, 1990 Gregory exchanged wedding vows with Sherry Ann Backhaus at the A small chapel of South Lake Tahoe, California. Compassionate and devoted to Sherry, Gregory held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Sherry and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Gregory brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Gregory was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Gregory was blessed with two children, two sons, Alex and Eric.

      Gregory greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Gregory enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Gregory was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was as an Air Force Officer in the Civil Engineering career field. He was employed for 22 years in the United States Air Force. Gregory worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Gregory was an Air Force veteran. He enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1989, Greg reentered the Air Force and was stationed at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. He moved to Kunsan Air Base in South Korea in 1991 and then on to Reese Air Force Base in 1992. Greg and Sherry then moved to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, WA in 1995 and on to Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX, in 1998. From 2000 to 2003, Greg and Sherry got their dream assignment to Ramstein Air Base, in Landstuhl, Germany where they had their first son, Alex. Following Germany Greg was assigned to the Pentagon where he retired in 2007. Gregory saw action in Macedonia supporting Kosovo operations in 2001. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received praise for his valor, including being awarded Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal. A literal thinker who possessed a calm exterior, Gregory seemed to enjoy the routines set forth by the military. His results-oriented approach to things made him committed to the job, and he understood well his role in serving his country.

      Gregory liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Gregory always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading good mysteries and running. When Alex and Eric were young, Greg would often be seeing running around Dover Air Force Base with the boys in their double stroller. Later as Alex and Eric were able to run on their own, they would run together. Gregory was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Gregory found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Greg wrestled. In his college years, Gregory continued to stay active by running cross country for as long as he could. Recreational sports included motorcycle riding and four-wheeling and running and coaching cross country. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were watching Sunday football and any sport in which Alex and Eric competed.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Gregory as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Gregory was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Gregory was a member of the FFA and 4-H.

      Gregory enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Gregory appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Gregory always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included a hot air balloon ride in Phoenix, Arizona but also Hawaii, Thailand, Singapore, Cheju Do in S. Korea, Mazatlan, Okinawa in Japan, Cancun, St Johns, Caribbean cruise, Mediterranean cruise, Italy twice, all over Germany, England, Oregon and California coast, Lake Tahoe, snow skiing in Colorado, California, Washington, Idaho, Italy, France and Switzerland, South Padre Island, Canary Islands, Zihuantanejo in Mexico.

      Gregory was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Gregory’s favorites was Chrissie, a yellow lab. They were best friends for 14 years. His family was rounded out by his numerous other dogs during his life of Georgie, Cindy, Slippers, Lilly, and Daisy and his horse, Star.

      When Gregory’s retirement finally arrived in 2007, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Sherry's hometown of Randle, Washington. In retirement, he found new pleasure in raising beef cattle and coaching cross-country at Morton and White Pass Jr/Sr High School. Even in retirement, Gregory continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Gregory Kenneth Brown passed away on December 2, 2019 at Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Greg passed away from injuries sustained in a farming accident at the age of 55. Greg is survived by his wife of 30 years and best friend, Sherry, his sons Alex and Eric, his parents Ken and Rita, and his brothers and sisters Kathy (Greg) Stephan, Beverly (Gary) Benson, Sandy (Dick) Johnson, Jackie Brown, Doug (Colleen) Brown, Brad (Brenda) Brown, and Bruce (Heidi) Brown. Greg is also survived by 23 nieces and nephews, his mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and two sisters-in-law. Memorial services were held at White Pass High School. Gregory was laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Washington.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Gregory Kenneth Brown. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.