Robert Eugene ‘Gene’ Brown
Gene Brown peacefully passed away at the age of 79 with his wife and sons by his side on May, 16, 2011 at Renown Regional Hospital in Reno, Nev.
Gene was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in the town of Westville, Ill. to the late Odbert and Leatha Brown.
After meeting on a blind date, at the Rosemead Moose Lodge, Gene and Sharon Elizabeth courted for 11 long weeks before they married on Sept. 5, 1970 in Montebello, Calif.
Gene enlisted into the United States Navy in 1948. He served as a Corpsmen assigned to the United States Marines in Korea for two years. He also served as a hospital corpsmen on numerous naval medical ships for another two years. He was honorably discharged in 1953 yet served four more years in the Naval Reserve.
During his years of service Gene received a Korean Service Ribbon (1 star), a United Nations medal and a Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
Gene attended L.A. City College studying general education and accounting.
Gene was employed with Drake Steel prior to beginning a career as a truck driver with Western Gillette and Safeway.
For 18 years, Gene and Sharon resided in Monterey Park, Calif. and then made Bishop, Calif. their home in 1988.
Gene worked as a manager for the Bishop Elks Lodge and McMurry’s Bar until he retired.
After his retirement Gene was an active member in the Bishop community.
He became a member of the Clampers in 1983. He became Humbug of the Slim Princess Chapter No. 395 in 1995. He held a position on the board of proctors prior to becoming the Sublime Noble Grand Humbug in 2007- 2008.
In 1994 he became a life member of VFW Post No. 8988. He served as Commander for one year and as Chaplin for numerous years.
Gene was also a member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge for over 40 years.
One of Gene’s greatest loves was singing Barbershop. He was an active member of the San Gabriel Chapter for The Barbershop Harmony Society. He served as a chorus director and was president during the year their quartet, The Gala Lads won the gold medal at the national competition. He often enjoyed singing with the Sweet Adelines whenever he had the opportunity.
Gene is survived by his wife, Sharon; his son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Janice Brown; son and daughter-in-law, Clay Brown and Kelley Sanders; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Sheila Butts; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; one great-niece; and two great-nephews.
A private inurnment will be held with family members at Rose Hills Memorial Park on June 17, 2011.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bishop VFW Post No. 8988 on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 1-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be sent to VFW Post No. 8988 High School Scholarship Fund, 484 Short St. Bishop, CA 93514. Please mark attention to: Gene Brown Memorial.
The family would like to warmly thank the VFW Post No. 8988, all of the Clampers they have had the pleasure of being involved with, as well as the many friends they have made.
Gene was a man who loved order and perfection, but loved his family and friends in a way that will never be copied or forgotten.
As Gene would say, “Satisfactory.”