Memorial services or Jerry Brown of Shell will be held Friday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Cody. Jerry, husband, father, granddad, brother, uncle, coach and friend, died May 7 at the Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 31, 1931, in Worland, the son of Leland S. and Leona Brown. He spent most of his childhood in Worland and attended Worland High School where he was an all-state football and basketball player. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served two years in Africa.
Jerry moved to Greybull in 1952 where he met the love of his life, Margaret “Weezie” Scott, at the soda fountain at Ortman Drug. They were married in 1953 and shortly thereafter moved to Cody where they raised their four children.
In 1957, the couple started Jerry’s Roofing Company and later established Brown Construction.
In 1998, Jerry and Margaret moved to Shell where Jerry became a full-time rancher and caregiver to Margaret who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Jerry was a well-known boxer. He won the Wyoming State Golden Gloves light heavyweight championship in 1954 and the Midland Empire Golden Gloves light heavyweight championship in 1955. During those years he was touted as the “Pride of the Big Horn Basin.” He devoted 35 years to teaching hundreds of youth about boxing life’s lessons behind the sport.
He coached Golden Gloves, Junior Olympic, Regional and National teams and was honored when named the head coach of the U.S. amateur team, training the athletes for the Olympics in Atlanta.
He loved the outdoors, spending time on his ranch, camping with his family and friends, hunting, searching for arrowheads and fly-fishing the streams of northern Wyoming.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dee and Bud; one sister, Thelma, and infant granddaughter, Marisa Brown.
He is survived by his wife Margaret; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jerri Lynn and Steve Meyerpeter of San Diego, Lisa and Kenny Michelena of Shell, Julia and Wally Hames of Meridian, Idaho; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Kelly Brown of Shoreview, Minn.; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Marvin Hankins of Greybull; and five grandchildren, Ryan and Stacie Brown, Erin and Kara Michelena and Kersey Hames.
A memorial fund has been established at Big Horn Federal, Box 471, Greybull, WY 82426. Donations will benefit the Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Clark.