Richard Gayle Brown, 77, of Anderson, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at home while surrounded by family. He was born in Marion, IN on October 7, 1944 to Vaughn and Freida (Turner) Brown.
Rick is a graduate of Swayzee High School (1964) and served his country as an aircraft mechanic in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma and at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. Upon returning home, he served as a Town Deputy in Swayzee, IN. In 1993, Rick retired from Delco Remy where he worked in the maintenance department for more than 30 years.
Rick was a proud member of the color guard for the Frankton May-Berry American Legion Post 469, a member of the Elwood VFW Post 5782, and a member of the Madison County Voiture No. 510 40 and 8 in Anderson.
Rick will be lovingly remembered for the memories he made with his friends and family as he repaired scooters in his workshop, camped out waiting for flea markets to open, traveled to gun shows, or relaxed on the water while he fished. Above all, though, he will be remembered for the love that he had for his family and the way his face lit up when he spent time with his great-grandchildren.
Rick is survived by one son, Reb Brown of Elwood; one daughter, Rikki (Brian Robbins) Shrock of Anderson; three step-children, Rob (Sheril) Tuttle of Anderson, Scott (Shantal) Tuttle of Frankton, and Carolee Tuttle of Florida; one brother, Vaughn (Brenda) Brown of Ft. Wayne; and one sister, Starr (Bob) Houston of Michigan. Survivors also include his grandchildren, Rayanna (Nick Stewart) Shrock of Anderson, Aaron (Stephanie) Tuttle of Frankton, Abbey Madron of Anderson, Jake (Chelstie) Tuttle of Florida, Amber (Brent) Goodman of Frankton and Kaley (Brant Coen) Shoemaker of Frankton; great-grandchildren, Rylea Prince, Dean Freestone, Nora Davis and Ian Stewart all from Anderson; as well as many loving step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Rick’s special friend of more than 40 years, Pam Johnson of Anderson, also survives.
Rick is preceded in death by his parents, Vaughn and Freida (Turner) Brown; his ex-wife, Dixie (Plato) Brown; his wife, Carolyn Tuttle-Brown; his granddaughter, Shelby Tuttle; his brother, Roger Brown; his sister-in-law, Sandy Brown; and a nephew, Nathan Brown.
The family would like to genuinely thank the hospice team at Paradigm Health for providing such loving, compassionate care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paradigm Health (8904 Bash Street – Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46256) to assist their hospice program.
A celebration of Rick’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 3793 N. Largo Road, Marion, IN 46952.