Gerald "Gerry"Eugene Brown

Birth Date: 
Thursday, June 27, 1940
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

WOOSTER – Gerald "Gerry" Eugene Brown 80 of Wooster peacefully left this earth on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare in Wooster following a short battle with cancer.

He was born June 27, 1940 in Moreland the son of Maynard and Pearl Messmore Brown.  He married Nancy Honaker on December 31, 1961 in Wooster.  She survives.

Gerry was a 1958 graduate of Shreve High School and had attended Oberlin College for 3 years where he was also on the football team.

Gerry will always be remembered as a beloved husband, loving father, and cherished Papa to his grandchildren.  He especially enjoyed attending all of his grandchildren’s extracurricular activities.  Gerry was very funny without saying a lot.  He and Nancy went on many cruises including one with their family to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  Gerry never missed a day of work in his 38 years at The Wooster Brush Company; even walking to work in the Blizzard of 1978.

Gerry was a life-long sports fan; affectionately known as “Brownie" to his teammates.  He played football, basketball, and baseball in high school and continued playing in softball leagues until he quit to coach his son’s teams.  He played for Wooster Brush’s basketball, golf, softball, bowling, and volleyball teams.  Gerry umpired for many years in the Wayne County Umpire’s Association.  He served as a Commissioner of Triway Recreation, Inc. Little League.  He also enjoyed watching any Triway sports event and served as statistician for the Triway Varsity Basketball team for 15 years.  Gerry also enjoyed golfing and scored a hole-in-one at Mohican Hills Golf Course.

Gerry cheered on The Ohio State Buckeyes, the Cleveland Browns, and Cleveland Indians; attending bowl games and playoff games when his kids surprised him with tickets.

Gerry always enjoyed attending Wooster Brush Company picnics, retiree luncheons and walking as part of the company’s Relay for Life team.

Gerry and Nancy spent winters at their home in Windsor Villas, Milton, Florida.  They enjoyed biking, walking on the beach and golfing. In Florida, Gerry and Nancy attend Bagdad United Methodist Church in Milton.  When in Ohio, they attend Church of the Saviour where they are founding members.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children Sheryl (Steven) Ellcessor of Columbus, Wendy (Steven) Jennings of Wooster and Ronald (Karen) Brown of New Albany; grandchildren Mackenzie and Chase Jennings, Isabella and Alexander Brown and Rory Thomas; his mother-in-law Ruth Honaker; siblings-in-laws Joan (Charles) Kiper, Carol (Herbert) Young and William Carlton; nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and special friends Richard and Sharon Fink of Cantonment, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Karen Carlton, his father-in-law Mahlon Honaker and a nephew Mark Kiper.

There will be no calling hours.  A celebration of Gerry’s life will be held this summer.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

One of Gerry’s favorite Bible verses is “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 (www.cancer.org) The Mark Kiper Scholarship Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 and/or the Triway Athletic Booster Club, 3205 Shreve Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 (www.cancer.org) The Mark Kiper Scholarship Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 and/or the Triway Athletic Booster Club, 3205 Shreve Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

Visitation: 

No calling hours

Service: 

Memorial service will be held at a later date

Condolences

Very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing! He was a great guy and I enjoyed the years we got to spend playing softball together. With all our moves we lost touch. Our sympathies to Nancy and the family.............Jan & Brad Burnett SC

Very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. Our thoughts and praying are with Nancy and the family during this difficult time.
Gary and Shirley

So sorry to hear of your loss. Gerry was always at every Triway event during my high school years.

Nancy and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We were so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. Praying for God’s comfort to be with you.

Sorry to hear this news! I remember enjoying playing softball with Browny being a quiet dedicated pitcher and team leader. I remember seeing Gerry riding his bicycle around the block and passing him walking around the Triway track. We still talk about the surprise seeing your family on your 50th anniversary cruise! Browny was a nice quality person and genuine great guy! Our sympathy to Nancy and family!

So sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. Played with Gerry on our Ramada Inn softball team and he was one of the nicest guys I knew. He always had a smile and was very encouraging. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. RIP Gerry

We see Gerry's loving generous spirit in Sheryl and Rory our dear friends. We are very sorry for your loss. We are keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers.

Becky and I extend our condolences to Nancy and family . Gerry was a wonderful man who was our basketball statistician during our years at Triway. A tremendously dependable support staffer for our program for 15 years. We are deeply saddened by his loss. Thank you Gerry for a fine example to all of us in friendship and dependability.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Know that your sorrow is shared by many. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss seeing his smiling face as he rode by on his bike.

Our hearts are broken for Nancy and the family. He will be missed in our FL neighborhood and church. Praying that God gives you strength to carry on to a time of peace and comfort.

Nancy and family, our deepest sympathies go out to you all. Gerry was a kind and humorous man who loved the Lord! We will miss him, but know he is with our Lord! God bless you all and may He comfort your broken hearts.

Nancy and family, we send you our deepest sympathy in the loss of Gerry. He remember Gerry today as a kind, quiet and humorous man who loved the Lord! We will miss him, but know he is with our Lord. Prayers for God's comfort.

Dear Nancy and family, We are so sorry for the loss. We remember Gerry as a kind, quiet and humorous man who loved the Lord. We will miss him. Praying for God to comfort your broken hearts.

Dear Wendy and family, So sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Holding your family close in thought and prayer, at word of Gerry's passing. Fondly remembering our high school days and later, joining together for worship at church. Gerry was a person with a servant's heart and a testimony to a life well lived.

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