(Ret) Major Harvey Gene Brown

January 16, 1938November 14, 2013
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: Major (Ret) Harvey Gene Brown, 75. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Griggs Schooler Gordon Funeral Home Pioneer Chapel with Dennis Melton officiating. Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Griggs-Schooler-Gordon Funeral Directors, 5400 S. Bell. Major (Ret) Harvey Gene Brown was born January 16, 1938 in Matador Texas to Hobert and Helen Brown. He was in the first graduating class of Palo Duro High school in 1956. He married Cleva Joy Gordon on Dec. 14, 1957 while serving in the Texas National Guard. Harvey soon transferred to regular Army. After serving as a Nike missile crew member for several years, he attended the Officers Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. He served 2 combat tours in Viet Nam as an advisor to South Vietnamese forces. His other assignments included Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Wainwright, AK, Fort Benning, GA, and Bremerhaven, Germany. Of note, he served as a member of the jury during the court martial of LT William Calley in 1970. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm device. In 1974, he and his wife adopted twin infants.. He retired from the Army in 1976 in Colorado Springs, CO at the rank of Major. After retirement he was employed as a recruiter for the oil and gas industry. Harvey volunteered as a Cub Scout Master and Pop Warner football coach. After 50 years of marriage, his sweet Cleva passed away in Colorado Springs, CO. Harvey reconnected with and married his Jr. High School sweetheart Venita Lewis Hardie and moved to Amarillo. He enjoyed monthly meals with former classmates, his large array of music, reading Tom Clancy novels and researching his Native American heritage and geneology. Harvey stayed politically involved, loved helping people and wasn’t judgemental of anyone. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.Harvey was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Cleva Joy Brown; a son, Karl Allen Brown and a grandson, Joshua Allan-Scott Jackson and son-in-law Ed Sells.Major (Ret) Harvey Brown is survived by his second wife of the home, Venita Lewis Hardie Brown; a daughter, Viki Lynn Brown of Colorado Springs, CO; 2 sons, Rick Gene Brown and spouse Roy Merkle of Colorado Springs, CO and CSM (Ret) Jeffrey Clayton Brown and wife Cynthia of Simpsonville, SC; a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Fox and husband Andrew of Parker, CO; 2 brothers, Michael Clayton Brown and wife Jackie of Keller and Hobert Clayton Brown Jr. and wife Terri of Grapevine; a sister, Suzanne Smith of Amarillo; grandchildren, Amber Spillane and husband Bowman, Shaun Marsh, Lacey Marsh, Jeremy Brown and wife Ashley, Jessica Brown, Katie Fox, Michael Fox and Morgan Fox; 4 step children; 9 step grandchildren; and 7 step great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 19, 2013

(Ret) Major Harvey Gene Brown

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Tommy & Jo Ann Hynds

November 29, 2013

Harvey will be missed by everyone. We will really miss him at the Donathan Family Reunions. Venita, you & your family are in our thoughts & prayers. We love you all!
Jo Ann & Tommy

Robert Scott

November 21, 2013

The Harvey Brown Family
We are very sorry to hear about your loss We knew Harvey and Cleva in Widefield.Our son went to school with Karl And Kim.((( Kim ))) Harvey was an OUTSTANDING.soldier.He served his country and was there for his family.I SALUTE him.Kim we will let my mom and dad know ( the Barcelonas ) Once a Soldier always a Soldier Our prayers are with you.

Robert & Susan Scott Colo.Spgs Co. SP/5 Robert Scott

Brenda & George Purnia

November 21, 2013

Harvey you will certainly be missed, it was our pleasure to have known you and Cleva for so many years! You were a fine soldier, a wonderful family man and a great friend. Rest now soldier, until we meet again!

Katherine Holland-Purbeck

November 18, 2013

My Uncle Harvey was an outstanding representation of what an American should be. He served his country and his family and was deeply respected by everyone that he came in touch with. I am proud to have called him family.

Kari and Adajah Dandurand

November 18, 2013

We will miss you! You guys were always family and will remain that way in our hearts. We have lots of memories together, good and bad, happy and sad.. One thing that never changed was our love for all of you guys. Growing up, families, graduations, babies, bbqs, just going over to hang out. There is a BIG part of you in my life and I would never want to change that. I love you and you will forever be missed.

November 17, 2013

John and Connie Robinson Henderson, NV. I served with Harvey at E Brty, 2nd Missle Bn, 562nd Arty. about 15 miles north of Ft. Wainwright in Fairbanks, AK.
Harvey was accepted to O.C.S and I got out of the Army June 1962. The next time I saw Harvey was when I walked into an evening class at El Camino J.C. Torrance, CA. He was stationed at the Army recruiting office in Los Angeles, CA.
Our families socialized a lot, dinners, cocktails and canasta. Harvey had to go back to Viet Nam a second time. We later heard from him after the Calley trial.
Harvey was a great guy and fun to be around. He will be missed.