Gordon Ewing Brown, Feb. 3, 1931 — June 1, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 7:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:20 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Gordon Ewing Brown, of Columbia passed away at his home Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the age of 82. He was born February 3, 1931 in Chicago to Arthur Ernest and Edith Watters Brown.

Gordon Brown graduated from Knox College where he met and married Anne Claypool.

He earned his MBA from Northwestern University. In service to country, First Lieutenant Gordon Brown, a dedicated officer, was on active duty in Germany and retired as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves. In civilian life, he worked in sales and marketing in Chicago, New York and Toledo for Reynolds Aluminum, Lily-Tulip Cup Corporation and Owens-Illinois before opening his own business, Swifty Print, in St. Charles, IL. Gordon was a Rotarian for 26 years in St. Charles. He served as Club President and on the staff of five District Governors of District 6440, the Home District. In retirement he was a member of the Columbia Metro Rotary Club for 13 years and served on the staff of three District Governors. Mentoring was one of Gordon’s passions. He graciously shared his rich reserve of life skills, helping high school and college students sketch the blueprints for their lives in and beyond the classroom.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anne; his children Susan Adams and her husband Paul of Edmond, OK.; Allison Crunick and her husband Geoffrey of La Vista, NE.; Doug Brown and her wife Kristine of Omaha; and grandchildren Karen Goke and her husband Karl, Tommy and Katie Adams, and Ryan Brown. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Anne Brown, and four nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, R. Harper Brown.

The family will receive friends at their home on Saturday, June 8th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For directions please call 573-446-9442. A private service and interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL. at a later date.

Memorials/contributions are suggested to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL. 60693; Knox College, Office of Advancement, 2 East South Street, Galesburg, IL. 61401; or The Illinois St. Andrews Society, 2800 Des Plaines Ave., North Riverside, IL. 60546.

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