Garry Brown, 75, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 at the Winner Regional Healthcare Facility.
Private family service was held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church. An open public burial will follow in the Winner City Cemetery.
Garry Lee Brown, 75, of Winner, SD was born Sept 19, 1945 in Yankton, SD. He was the son of William and Margaret (Stewart) Brown. In the early part of his life, Garry grew up in Springfield, SD and at a young age he moved to Colome SD and attended grade school and high school in Colome. He graduated from Colome in 1963.
As a youth he attended the MYF and Sunday school at the Colome Methodist Church. Garry met the love of his life Carol McCright in 1962 at a dance in Wewela, SD and then they later married Nov. 14, 1964 in Winner, SD. To this union two wonderful daughters were born, Jean and Susan.
After high school Garry lived in Winner and worked at Key’s Service Station and later worked for Associate Finance also in Winner. Garry later went on to become a salesman in the foodservice industry and retired in 2005 after working for 32 years. While working as a salesman, he enlisted in the SD National Guard (730th) in 1967 in which he served for 28 years as Medic Specialist and retired as a Master Sgt E8.
While working with the National Guard some of his most memorable moments were going to Germany and helping with the 1972 Rapid City flood.
Garry also worked as an EMT with Tripp County Ambulance and retired from there after 32 years. He was dedicated to his job and enjoyed the community in which he served and often referred to them as his second family. He gave back to the community by serving on the Winner planning commission and also served as a city councilman and as member of the SD EMT Association.
The association honored him by recognizing him as Dist 5 EMT of the Year. He was a member of the Winner Jaycees, American Legion of Winner and Colome, Winner Lions Club and the Winner Methodist Church.
One of his hobbies was wood working in which he made a lot of the furniture pieces for his home and for others. He also enjoyed playing 5 point pitch which he claimed he “never lost” at.
Grateful for having sharing his life are his wife Carol of Winner, SD, daughters, Jean (Rod) Clark, of Ideal SD, and Susan (Chris)Dolney of Rapid City, SD. Three wonderful grandsons George of Ideal, Dawson and Lincoln of Rapid City, two brothers Duane “Charlie” (Rosie) of Sioux Falls, SD, Doug (Carol) Brown of Vestavia, AL and four sisters, twin sister JoAnn (Bob) Reiff of Avon, SD, Marlene (Mark) Wallbaum of LaMesa, CA, Wilma “Willie”(Bob) Jamison of Fremont, NE and Marilyn Brown of Fremont, NE. Sister in law Lori McCright of Montgomery, TX, brother in law, Keith (Pam) of Waukesha, WI, Mardell (Jerry) Olson of Sundance, WY and Jane (Dale) Stober of Rio Rancho, NM and many nieces and nephews.
Garry was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Bill and Arline McCright, his brother in-law Dennis McCright, grandparents Ralph and Lillian Stewart and Ed and Martha Brown.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to put memorial funds towards an EMT statue to be placed at the Winner Fire Hall Ambulance Building at a later date. Memorial funds can be sent to Carol Brown,713 E. Spruce Ct, Winner, SD 57580 or sent via Venmo at: www.venmo.com/EMTMemorialStatue