BROWN GARY A #1

MAJ Gary A Brown was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/08/2023 at the age of 89.1
Sun Prairie, WI
Flight Class 61-1
Date of Birth 09/21/1934
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with D/3/4 CAV in 66-67, HHC 14 CAB in 69-70, 196 ASHC in 70
Call sign in Vietnam CENTAUR 36
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More detail on this person: SUN PRIRIE - Gary A. Brown Sr., age 89, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Agrace Hospice. He was born in Chicago on September 21, 1934, the son of Stuart and Emily Brown. Gary grew up in Hessville, IN, and graduated from Bishop Noll High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeri Mauger, in 1953. Gary enlisted in the US Army in 1955. After two years of serving in the infantry, he graduated from Officer Candidate School and transferred to aviation. He completed one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam, starting with flying fixed wing aircraft and transitioned to helicopters during Vietnam. Gary served his country proudly and honorably for twenty years achieving the rank of Major. Service awards he earned while in the Army included: The Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with 15 Oak Leaf Clusters. Following military service, Gary received his small engine repair certificate from MATC and enjoyed working as the head mechanic for A to Z RentAll for 18 years. Gary was a devoted member of St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, a longtime BINGO caller for St. Albert and the Knights of Columbus, and was one of the volunteer managers at the Round Table. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping, and playing racquetball. Gary was fond of technology and had fun coding and creating new games. Gary is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jeri; four children: Gary (Michelle) Brown Jr., Julia "Jill" (George) Gruetzmacher, Lisa (Perry) Tilley, and Eric (Lisa) Brown; nine grandchildren: Madison Brown, Katarina Brown, Jonathan Brown, Garrett Gruetzmacher, Eric DeAngelo, Michelle DeAngelo, Sean DeAngelo, Kirsten (Danny) Petrzelka, and Stuart Brown; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters: Elizabeth Benjamin and Maryann Lynn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Kyle DeAngelo; and sister, Phyllis Sprong. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at 10:30 AM, immediately followed by a luncheon at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 Saint Albert the Great Drive, Sun Prairie, WI. A visitation concluding with a rosary prayer service will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 PM Monday, November 20, 2023, at Cress Funeral Home, 1310 Emerald Terrace, Sun Prairie, WI, and from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the Church on Tuesday. Our family extends a special thank you to the staff of Agrace Hospice and Hyland Crossings. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gary's name to Agrace Hospice Care Inc.

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