ELWOOD, Nebraska -- Merritt Gail Brown, 73, died Thursday (Feb. 24, 2011), at the Golden Living Center in Cozad, Nebraska.
He was born March 28, 1937, in Gordon, Nebraska to Gail C. and Lennis B. (Secrest) Brown.
After his time in the service, he returned to Nebraska and trained horses for racing. For years, he worked as a cattle buyer in the Columbus and Kearney, Nebraska areas.
He married Melba J. Bouldin on June 5, 1967, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
They owned and operated Brown's Used Furniture and Antique's in Kearney for many years.
In 2003, they moved to Elwood, Nebraska and in 2010, he moved to the Golden Living Center in Cozad.
He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Elwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Shaun Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Melba Brown of Elwood; sons, James Brown of Elwood, Bill Brown of Sumner, Nebraska, Tom Brown and wife, Lisa of Fort Collins, Colorado, Jim Brown of Troy, Missouri and Gus Brown of Valentine, Nebraska; daughters, Peggy Mohrmann and husband, Dean and Patty Baxter, both of Fremont, Nebraska, and Sharon Arnold of Elwood; brother, Curt Brown and wife, Linda of Hyannis, Nebraska; sister, Marilyn Sager of Gordon, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are Monday, 10 a.m., at Parkview Baptist Church in Lexington, Nebraska with the Rev. John Shields officiating. Burial is at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska, Monday, 2 p.m.
Viewing and visitation is Sunday, 4-6 p.m. at Elwood Funeral Home in Elwood and prior to the service at the church.
Condolences and personal reflections may be left at www.elwoodfuneralhome.com.
Elwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.