Obituary: Gerald J. “Tuffy” Brown
April 28, 1925 – October 25, 2020
Craig resident, Gerald J. “Tuffy” Brown passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 95.
A celebration of Tuffy’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Craig Assembly of God. Interment will follow at Craig Cemetery.
Gerald Junior Brown was born the son of Arlo and Ella (Grable) Brown on April 28, 1925 in Worland, Wyoming. He spent his childhood and attended schools in Worland. When he was 16, Tuffy joined the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed in several areas including Marshall Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Marianas Islands and Iwo Jima.
Following his military service, Tuffy began working with his dad on the water well for a few years. In 1958, Tuffy began working in the oil fields and uranium mills. He resided in various areas including Moab, UT, Jeffrey City, WY, Indian Springs, NV and Craig in 1987.
He married Lois Willenbrecht on May 17, 1947. To this union, Sue and Jerry were born. After his divorce in January of 1952, Tuffy married Marjorie Gerner Lafleur in November of 1953. To this union his daughter Debbie was born. Their marriage ended in divorce in January of 1958.
On May 19, 1960, Tuffy married Beulah Carter. To this union Harold and Kevin were born. The couple had the honor of celebrating 60 years of marriage together this summer.
In his spare time, Tuffy enjoyed reading old westerns and going fishing every chance he had. He also enjoyed making jerky, playing pinochle and spending time at the senior social center. When he was younger, Tuffy enjoyed going on hunting trips with his family. Above all, Tuffy was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege to love and know him.
Tuffy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beulah Brown of Craig; five children: Carolyn (Joseph Foster) Brown, Gerald (Melissa) Gresham, Debra (John) Lund, Harold (Karen) Brown and Kevin (Wanda) Brown. He is further survived by thirteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Tuffy was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Brown; and one sister, Virginia Brown.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Tuffy’s memory to Northwest Colorado Health & Hospice in care of Grant Mortuary.
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