Gary Drenen Brown

February 22, 1941November 8, 2018
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Gary D. Brown, 77, of Sun City passed away November 8, 2018. Gary was born in Brooklyn, Iowa on February 22, 1941 to Drenen Francis and Mary Louise (Landuyt) Brown. He attended Belle Plaines High School and the University of Iowa. Gary served in the U.S. Army. In 1990, Gary married Pamela Joyce (Zielstra) Miller in Creston, IA. Gary was a Chicago Cubs and College football fan. He enjoyed playing cards and bowling. He is survived by his loving wife Pamela of Sun City, AZ; his children Tracey Martin (Todd) Drazkowski of Peoria, AZ, Christopher Brown of Cedar Rapids, IA and Ira (Catherine Love) Miller of Helena, MT; his sisters LaDonna (Dean) Ricklefs of Marion, IA and Shirley (Mike) Mulherin of Frisco, TX; as well as his grandchildren Colton Martin of Houston, TX, Jenna Martin of Ft. Collins, CO and Adam Brown of Cedar Rapids, IA.


  • Pamela Brown, Wife


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gary Drenen Brown

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Mike and Rita Wolfe

December 29, 2018

Dear Pam, We are surprised and sad to hear of Gary's passing. It's been a long time since we've talked. How the world has changed!
I have fond memories of lots of good times with you folks. I'd be happy to attend the graveside services in June if you will tell me
time and place. We still maintain our land line 641-782-8013. Leave a message and I'll get back to you. It would be great to catch up
with you. In the meantime, we send our love and sympathy to you. And our very best wishes always. Mike & Rita

Tim Leonard-Acquaintance

December 22, 2018

Dear Sweet Pam,
I am sending my most heartfelt condolences to you with a long tight hug. I will begin with the fact that I first met Gary while I was a Bartender at the Creston Iowa Elks Lodge 605. Gary had just moved to Creston as the manager of Interstate Electric. What a phenomenal personality! Always positive smiling and laughing. I then met Pam as you began dating Gary and you two would meet at the lodge for good drinks and great steaks. I was privileged to have you both setting at my bar and catching up. I am truly sorry and very sad over the loss of such a kind friend. God Bless each of you as you mourn Gary and move forward. He was a strong person as I am sure each of you are as well. Rest in Peace Gary.
Tim Leonard Former Bartender Elks Lodge 605 Creston Iowa

Christine Duprey

November 15, 2018

I knew Pam and Gary through doing flyball with our dogs. I remember Gary always smiling and he loved Pam and enjoyed their dogs. He always seemed to be happy, quiet sometimes but always kind. Gene and I wish Pam comfort and blessings through this part of her life. Rest In Peace, Gary. Love to you Pam and continue your life, Gary will be watching over you. Love Chris & Gene Duprey

Denise Wissink Rutenbeck

November 15, 2018

The Rutenbeck’s loved Gary. We sat by him at the Iowa home games for over 35 years. What a joy! We would yell and scream at those darn Hawkeys. Since we were end row seats we would stamp “potty passses”. People only got 2 lol. Watched Gary start to date Pam, his kids grow up, and his grandkids grow up all from the seats of Kinnick stadium. Love you Pam and Gary. Will be so missed

Tracey Martin

November 14, 2018

To my greatest supporter and my biggest fan! I love you Dad.
I will carry our memories in my ❤ forever and always cherish the time on earth we spent together. I know you will watch over us and provide a guiding light for any struggles we encounter. Your not just my Dad now, you are my guardian angel, and I will still look to you often for your helping hand and loving heart to fill me within when I need you most! Forever in my heart, see you in my dreams. Love always, Tracey.

Kim & Mike Steve

November 13, 2018

We have so many fond memories of Gary during our 25 plus years of friendship. From our casino excursions, to having a few beers and a lot of laughs along the way, to cheering on the Hawkeyes. Gary always had a smile on his face that would brighten anybody’s day. He will be sorely missed but he lives on inside each and everyone he touched. He is now basking in the warmth and sunshine of eternal life. Until we meet again, we love you Mr B.

Tom & Marcia O' Connor

November 13, 2018

It will never be the same without you Gary. We had such a great time just hanging out. So many great memories. Thanking God for the gift of your friendship. GO HAWKS!!!

Wanda Almberg

November 13, 2018

Pam, I loved Gary's smile. He always was so polite to me. I love the pictures of the two of you, they always made me smile because I could tell you enjoyed life. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Gary. You will be missed. Love to you Pam and the family.

Ed Duling

November 13, 2018

I would like to send love to Pam and all of Gary's family, Gary brought light into any conversation and every room what a pleasure, always on the bright side of everything, I am honored to know you, and will miss you, but always remember your smile, your friend Ed

Dorothy Holderfield

November 13, 2018

Gary always had a wonderful smile on his face everytime you happen to cross his path. Anytime I make a cherry pie from now on I will be thinking of him.