F. Ross Brown
F. Ross Brown passed away peacefully after a short illness Tuesday April 15, 2014 at the age of 95. He was preceded in death one year ago by his wife of 67 years Leona. Those he touched in the world knew he was a special person, full of good humor, generous, and interested in everything and everyone. He was born May 6, 1918 in Miller, Nebraska. His high school of graduation was Tulsa Central High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Texas and was always a Longhorn! He married Leona on July 31, 1945 at the end of the war and lived in Colorado the rest of his life. Three phases of life took them to homes in Wheat Ridge/Denver, Estes Park, and Fort Collins. In Wheat Ridge they built their home after the war and built their family (one son Gary) and built their careers. He worked as Executive Assistant to Colorado Governor Dan Thornton. During that time he became acquainted with President Eisenhower and was with him on many occasions on his frequent visits to Colorado. They attended his inauguration. Upon leaving that position he worked in real estate and property management in Denver.
After living a short time in South Denver, they moved to Estes Park in 1978. He formed Ross Brown Real Estate and then in 1985 Estes Village Properties with
Seymour Graham, Ken Brown, Cheryl Danielson and Wayne Newsom. They were members of the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies where he served on Session, he was a member of the Estes Park Rotary Club, the Estes Park Board of Realtors and the Institute of Real Estate Management. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and El Jebel Shrine.
In 1999 they moved to Ft. Collins and thoroughly enjoyed living at the Worthington, a retirement community. He participated in all of their activities, played cards, and was for many years the master of ceremonies for their talent show. They were members of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins. In 2012 he went with other veterans to the WWII Memorial on the Honor Flight, a highlight of his life which he shared with many other veterans encouraging them to go.
He is preceded in death by his wife Leona and sister Helen Pauley. He is survived by his son Gary and wife Kelly, Granddaughter Julie Sykes and husband Ray with two children Lily and Ella, and Grandson Phil Brown and wife Kara. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 23 at The Worthington, 900 Worthington Circle, Ft. Collins at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at Ft, Logan, staging area A, in Denver at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 24. In lieu of flowers donations to First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Collins or the Northern Colorado Honor Flight are suggested, to be sent to Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. God loved him and blessed him and those blessings he shared with his family and friends. He will be missed. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Ross’ family.