GALE C. BROWN, 95, of Cherokee
GALE C. BROWN, 95, of Cherokee, Iowa, passed away, Saturday morning, June 18, 2022 in Careage Hills at Cherokee, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 27th at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, Iowa. Pastor Jonathan Caldwell will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee, Iowa at a later date. Visitation will be on Sunday, June 26th from 12 noon until 4 p.m. with the family present from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com. The service will be livestreamed on the Memorial Presbyterian Website and through the Memorial Presbyterian Church Facebook page.
Gale was born on March 29, 1927 to James and Iva (Summers) Brown at Pierson, Iowa. He attended school at Fielding School and then Grand Meadow Consolidated, where he graduated in 1945.
He enlisted in the military in 1945 and served in World War II in the Air Air Corps. He trained as a radio operator and attained the rank of Sergeant. He was stationed on the island of Guam in the Pacific Theatre and served until 1948. After serving, he studied mechanics at a technical school in Kansas City on the G.I. Bill.
While working in Yankton, South Dakota, Gale met Darlene Juel and they were married on December 31, 1950 in Crofton, Nebraska. They had three children, Michael, Sandra, and Randall. Gale and Darlene farmed on several farms in Nebraska and Iowa until moving to Cherokee in 1964. He worked as a carrier for the Post Office and then worked for Firestone Tire, Peterson Motors, and Holzhauer Motors as a front end alignment specialist. He was an avid golfer and bowler and bowled on the local V.F.W. team in many tournaments across the country. He retired in 1989. Darlene passed away on July 30, 1990.
Gale met Pauline Feenstra at a Christian singles dance in Sioux City and they were married at the Memorial Presbyterian Church on October 31, 1993. Gale, assisted by Pauline, was the custodian of the Memorial Presbyterian Church for many years. Gale was very active in the Memorial Presbyterian Church and loved his weekly Bible study group. During this time, he felt privileged to go on two Honor Flights to Washington D.C. for World War II veterans. Pauline passed away on December 27, 2021.
Gale was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Darlene, and his second wife, Pauline. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jim Brown and his wife, Else Mae, brother, Charles Duane Brown, and his wife, Delores, and brother, Royce Brown; daughter-in-law, Tammy Hercha-Brown.
He is survived by his sons: Mike Brown of Cherokee, Iowa; Randy Brown of Waynesville, Missouri; daughter, Sandy (Steve) Trei of Adel, Iowa; two step-children: Wayne Feenstra of Plainview, Minnesota and Janean (Jeff) Speicher of Eldora, Iowa; sister-in-law, Shirley Brown; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.