Gilbert Daniel Brown…April 29, 1937 – September 24, 2019



Gilbert Daniel Brown was born on April 29, 1937 in Shattuck, Oklahoma to Kenneth R. and Margaret Page Brown. Gilbert was the second born of what would be 7 sons born to Kenneth and Margaret.  On May 23, 1945 the Brown’s moved to Chivington, Colorado making this community their home for the remainder of their lives.  Gilbert attended school through the 8th grade in Chivington then graduated from Eads High School with the class of 1955.  As a freshman in high school a particular 8thgrade girl caught the eye of Gilbert, Novella Kay Womack.  They began dating and were married on June 12, 1955.  Kay was just 16 years old and her mother was quoted as saying that there is no one else that she would have allowed their daughter to marry at this young age, other than Gilbert.

Gilbert and Kay began their lives together living in several different houses in Eads. Their firstborn, Rod was born in 1956 followed by Pam in 1959, then Kandae in 1961 and to complete the family, Terry in 1963. In 1964, they moved their young family to Utah to operate the family ranch.  In 1966 they moved back to what would be their forever home, the “Hammer place”.  Gilbert saw no need to continue paying rent so they lived in the “paper shack” while their new home was being built.  It was here that their family thrived and created many happy memories.

Gilbert had many passions in life. He was quite a hand with a rope as a young man, he showed Appaloosa Horses and traveled the country judging many Appaloosa Horse Shows, he had many fun times with Marv Richardson competing in ranch rodeos but Gilbert was a farmer at heart.  He loved farming and raising livestock.  Gilbert and Kay, like many of the Brown’s were mainstays in the Chivington Friends Church, a church that is a part of a legacy for the entire family.

As Gilbert and Kay’s family continued to grow with grandchildren and great grandchildren, their passion became their grandchildren. They had a way of making each and every one feel special.  Ballgames, hired hand auctions, 4-H, etc. soon became their life.  On September 7, 2014, the love of his life, Kay went on ahead of him to heaven.  Gilbert’s world was turned upside down.  He did his best to go on, but life just wasn’t the same.  He knew his family needed him, and he wanted to stay as long as he could, but his earthly body was worn out, and he knew it.

On September 24, 2019, Gilbert went to be with his Lord, his family and his beloved Kay. He knew where she was and longed to be with her again.  Gilbert was surrounded by his loving family who survives him; his children: Rod (Dana) Brown, Pam (Jerry) Weirich, Kandae (Dave) Reeder and Terry (Lana) Brown.  He is also survived by his 8 grandchildren: Kylie (Brad) Hager,Desiree (Trent) Howland, Kari (Brad) Harr, Heidi (J.D.) McEwen, Jason (Megan) Weirich, Dustyn (Kara) Reeder, Brennan (Micah) Reeder, Whitney (Jared) Rider and 18 great grandchildren, his brothers: Donald (Alfreda), Lynn (Charlene), Louis (Lauretta), Lee (Esther) and Ronnie (Lyn) as well as by 21 neices/nephews, and many, many great nieces/nephews, cousins and friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay, his parents and 1 brother Waylon and sister-in-law Darlene.

Gilbert was a man who made friends and never said anything bad about anyone. Gilbert had a talent  for repairing things with a little bit of nothing and this talent was passed on to his sons and grandsons. He always had ideas going through his head to occupy his time, which led to his invention of his lift for his tractor. He was an integral part of a legacy of fairness, honesty, hard work, faith and truthfulness that began generations ago in this family.  He “rode for the brand” and made the family name proud.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Chivington Friends Church. Pastor Donald Brown and Paul Floyd officiated.  Committal services were held at the Eads Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Chivington Friends Church or the Lamar Area Hospice.  Friends and family can register online condolences and sign the guestbook at  Visitation and funeral services were entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Eads.

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