Grass Lake, MI, formerly of Southgate, age 69, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
He was born February 25, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Evert & Sophie "Betty" (Dorau) Brown. Gary worked at Michigan Transportation, Rex Beeding Trucking, and was a self-employed truck driver. Gary loved living at Clear Lake, where he enjoyed boating and skiing. His family was his life. On December 19, 1969, he married Carol A. Shankus in Livonia, and she survives.
Other survivors include his children, Keenan (Janine) Brown of Southgate, Kevin (Cindy) Brown of Wyandotte, Kristen (Roland) Steudle of Grand Rapids, & Kraig Brown of Wyandotte; his sister, Dorothy Deamud; and 12 grandchildren, Cari, Tyler, Madison, Nathan, Toria, Jennifer, Rhea, Jennifer, Ryan, Gabrielle, Andrew, and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Kelleigh Brown, a brother, Robert Brown, and a sister, Pat Koch.
A funeral service was held Saturday, September 10, 2:00 pm at St. Mary Catholic Church, Chelsea. The family received friends at the church Saturday from 1-2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.