Gerald "Jerry" Brown

  • Born: December 6, 1939
  • Died: July 12, 2016
  • Location: Jasper, Michigan

Anderson Funeral Home

3050 W Beecher Rd
Adrian, MI 49221
Tel. (517) 265-3312

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gerald "Jerry" Robert Brown, died unexpectedly on July 12, 2016 at his barber shop where he faithfully barbered for 56 years. Jerry was the son of Robert and Caroline (Hagadorn) Brown. Jerry was married to his dear wife and faithful friend, Alice Jean Ries, on October 30, 1958 at the Ridgeville Bible Church in Jasper, MI.
Jerry cut his last customer's hair, hung his apron on the back of his chair, turned around into the arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, who ushered him from his barber chair into the arms of God.
Jerry faithfully served his customers in his barber shop providing humor, a listening ear and friendship. When his customer/friends became ill or disabled he would go to their homes, hospital, assisted living, etc. to cut their hair. He provided his services from his heart and love and respect for his customers, who became his dear friends. He also never missed the death of his friends' visitation/funeral. (Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Col 3:23)
Jerry and Alice Jean have lived all their married life in Jasper until 3 years ago, when they started wintering in Lake Wales, FL, enjoying avoiding the cold winter months in MI. By April though, Jerry was ready to head back to Michigan, to start a new season of farming with his son, Kent.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Alice Jean Brown of Jasper; four sons; Marvin (Robin) Brown, Kent (Alaine) Brown, Todd (Laurie) Brown, and Troy (Cheryl) Brown, all of Jasper, MI; grandchildren, Kyle, Kasey, Aleighya, Lauren, Zachary, Justin, Jenna, Erin, Andrew, Abbey, and Alexander Brown; one great-grandchild; a sister, Rosalyn (Bob) Green of Adrian and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Caroline Brown, a son Keith Brown, granddaughter Josie Jean Brown and a sister, Joan in infancy.
Jerry will be missed greatly by his friends and extended families.
Jerry would be overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayers shown to his family,
and they thank you from the bottom of their hearts.
Funeral services for Jerry will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian with Reverend Bruce Jewett officiating. Interment will be in Fairfield Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.
You may send condolences to the family at Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper Bible Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Envelopes are available at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bob and I send our sincerest condolences to the Brown family. We didn't receive the news until today, so we are very saddened that we were not able to attend the services. "Brownie" was so close to Bob's dad and we know that they are enjoying teasing one another again. Bob will definitely miss get his hair cut, too. May God comfort all of you during this time and may His peace surround you.

Posted by Bob and Mary Lee Grieshaber - Oregon, OH   July 21, 2016

I have lived in Atlanta for many years but happened to be in Sand Creek on Saturday for my 50th reunion when I learned of Jerry's death. It meant something to me to drive by his shop and see the sign on the door that it was closed for good. Jerry will be really missed and I wonder whether Jasper will ever have another barber. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Steve Phenicie - NOrcross, GA   July 19, 2016

We send our condolences, prayers, and faith to your family. Jasper lost a great icon. Heaven gains a hero. Jerry was Jasper and will not be replaced by any other. Rick and Roxanne.

Posted by Roxanne Metzmaker - Jasper, MI - Friend   July 18, 2016


Jerry and I were neighbors friends and playmates as kids all through our years at Tubbs school and Lyons High school.

Posted by Chet and Suzanne Casler - Tampa, FL - Friend   July 17, 2016

What an icon in Jasper! You always had a warm smile and kind words to share. Your friends & family will miss you.

Ron & Babe Simmons
The Villages FL

Posted by A friend   July 16, 2016

So sorry to hear of your loss Alice Jean and family. We always want to try to think of the right words to say and really there isn't. To know that Jerry knew the Lord and is there , seeing loved ones who have went before us , brings peace to all who knew him. I am speaking for myself , Julia & Keith Westcott ( Harsh ) and Marylou Harsh & family. My Dad , Julian Harsh , always went to the barbershop daily to talk & joke around with Jerry. My Dad went to be with the Lord 9 years ago and now , once again they can talk & joke around like the good old times. Our prayer's and thought's and with you Alice Jean & family during this difficult time. May God give you peace and the feeling of his presence. Jerry was kindhearted and never judged. That we will always remember. Love in Christ , The Westcott & Harsh family

Posted by Julia & MaryLou Westcott & Harsh families - Adrian , Jasper area, MI - Friend   July 16, 2016

My sincerest condolences to you and your family for your loss. May the Lord give you comfort in your sorrow, knowing that Jerry is with Him now, and rejoicing in His presence. May He grant you the peace that Jerry is surrounded by now in his Heavenly place. My heart goes out to you, Alice Jean, and your family as I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.

Love, Daina

Posted by Daina Martek - Adrian, MI - Friend   July 16, 2016

So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I remember his smile and teasing if one of us girls came to the barbershop with dad and Phil. Prayers to all of the family.
Dawn (Roback) Pollard, Friend

Posted by Dawn Pollard (Roback) - Belleville, MI - Friend   July 16, 2016

My condolences to Jerry's family. As a little girl growing up I spent many hours in the barber shop in Morenci. Being raised by my father, Burton Smith, I too was blessed to have Jerry cut my hair whenever it was needed. We would stop in almost every week to chat or just give a wave if he was busy. He was a wonderful caring man.

Posted by Alice (Smith) Zachrich - Wauseon, OH - Friend   July 15, 2016

My condolences to the family for your loss. May "Jerry" continue on in your hearts and memories and may you continue to rely on God during this difficult time because He will strengthen you. Isaiah 40:29

Posted by A friend   July 15, 2016


I have only known Jerry for a short time but have heard stories of his barber shop. I worked a few funeral dinners with Jerry and Alice Jean and I will miss him. My heart goes out to Alice Jean and the family and I pray God will comfort them. I know Aleighya will greatly miss her "Papa" very much and so will her mom Robin. Thank you Jerry for all the joy you brought to the world and to your family.

Posted by Nancy Blohm - Adrian, MI - Acquaintance   July 15, 2016

On vacation when learned of Jerry's death. Unable to attend services. Our thoughts are with the family. Fond memories of Jerry cutting my hair. Also his kindness by going to the nursing home to cut Jim's hair. Will be greatly missed. Always brought me up to date on the area news when stopped by. He will be missed but God needed him more. Bob Shambarger and family.

Posted by Bob Shambarger - Bryan, OH - Friend   July 15, 2016

Jerry cut my dad's hair for years. So sorry for your loss, but such an amazing testimony in his obituary. Praying for peace and comfort.

Posted by Colleen Raymond - Holland, MI - Acquaintance   July 15, 2016

So Sorry to hear of Jerry passing on. We had many good talks over the years. He was a wonderful guy. God Bless his wife and boys and their familys.

Posted by Maurice Simpkins - Morenci, MI   July 15, 2016


Posted by Browns Faimily - ADRAIN, MI - Acquaintance   July 14, 2016

We are saddened to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with all of you that God will hold you in His loving arms.

Posted by Larry & Judy Sears - Brooklyn, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016


I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. He was such a wonderful man and a great family friend for many years.He will be missed. Many prayers and love to all of you. Sue Whitehead & family

Posted by sue whitehead - wauseon, OH - Friend   July 14, 2016


"so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with the family

Posted by billie whitehead - toledo, OH   July 14, 2016

May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" sustain you through your time of sorrow. Alice Jean and family you have our sympathy.
--Marvel Wagner and family; Richard & Yvonne Tripp, David & Donna Smith, Verle & Marie Short, & Cathy Krapp

Posted by Marvel Wagner - Archbold, OH - Friend   July 14, 2016

Jerry cut mine and my father's hair for many years. He was a good man and a better friend. He will be greatly missed. My families prayers are with his family in this time of need. God Bless

Posted by William Browning - OK - Friend   July 14, 2016

So very sorry for your loss. Prayers and condolences to the family. Jerry was a great man who I enjoyed going to see for a haircut and his banter. He will be missed very much.

Posted by John Roberts - Sand Creek, MI   July 14, 2016

So sorry to hear about Jerry passing,
We will miss him, we always enjoyed seeing & talking to Jerry in Fl. Please let Alice Jean see this msg.
Alice Jean you & the family are in our prayers.

Posted by Louetta Crunkleton - Dittmer, MO - Friend   July 14, 2016

So very sorry for your loss. I will never forget his kindness to my dad when he was no longer able to go to the barbershop himself. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by Diane Griffin - Adrian, MI - Acquaintance   July 14, 2016

Was saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. Thoughts and prayers for the family. He will be missed ,been cutting my hair for a while, been a jasper resedent almost 25 yrs. Love to stop for a trim and catch up on the gossip, check on the farming, blame him for the bad haircut I got from the competition while he was in Florida lol, and solve the world problems. Jerry we will miss you.

Posted by Kenn Lemley II - Jasper, MI - Neighbor   July 14, 2016

Alice Jean, our hearts ache for what you are going through but know you have the comfort of our Saviour, your church, family and friends who love you. We wish we could be there too but at least can send you love and prayers. Rich and Joyce Rathbun, Tucson, Arizona

Posted by Rich and Joyce Rathbun - Tucson, AZ - Friend   July 14, 2016

My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole family. Jerry was truly loved by everyone who knew him. Prayers for peace and comfort for you all. Alice Jean, Marvin, Kent, Todd and Troy, love you all.

Posted by Connie Ries-Beatty - Pahrump, NV - Family   July 14, 2016

"I'm so sorry for your loss of Jerry, he will be missed by so many. May God bless and heal each of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you."

Posted by Peg Zenk - Jasper, MI - Neighbor   July 14, 2016


Posted by DUANE MCLAUGHLIN - DELTA, OH   July 14, 2016

To the Brown family! My prayers go out to all of you! Jerry was a fine man! I can remember going to the barber shop with my dad when I was a little girl and even as I got older! It was always a fun time. Your dad even cut my dad's hair when he could no longer go to the shop! He had a smile that lit up a room and a laugh that was contagious! He will be deeply missed! Peace be with you all!

Posted by Lorayne Landrie--(Gallatin) - Adrian, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016


Our hearts and prayers go out to all the Brown families. Jerry will be missed and be remember by all. Thank you Jerry four touching so many lives . Especially ours. R.I.p. Jerry. Don an Pam Liski

Posted by Don Pam Liski - Sand creek, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

Sorry for your family's loss. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Kurt Griewahn - Schertz, TX - Acquaintance   July 14, 2016

May God bless you with healing and peace.
Alice Jean Prayers for the whole Family
He will be missed
Patty Holtz

Posted by Patty Holtz - Adrian, MI   July 14, 2016

So sorry to hear about this he was a great man, and helped me through a very rough time in my life.he always had the right thing to say to cheer you up. prayers for all of his family.and god bless you all'

Posted by roger pontious - Morenci, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Alice Jean and your family. What a friend he was to so many. A gentle giant in that Jasper community.

Posted by Joyce Hatt Burkholder - Muncie, IN - Acquaintance   July 14, 2016

I have many fond memories of going to Jerry's barber shop and joining in on the friendly conversation of the group waiting for your turn in the chair. Not only was Jerry a great barber, he was a authentic friend. You were always welcome in his presence and you looked forward to your time at his shop. We all have lost a great barber and friend. The Lord has gained a great spirit. May our Lord comfort Jerry's family in their time of grief.

Posted by Ned and Rita Newlin - Morenci, MI - Acquaintance   July 14, 2016

My prayers and love go out for the family during this difficult time. I know Jerry left tons of memories and love and the assurance that he is in God's arms. He will be missed greatly.

Posted by Kathy Kalnbach - Osseo, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

His life is a testament to his faith in practice. God's continued blessings to his family.

Posted by Douglas M Winkler - Blissfield, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

Alice Jean And Family i am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you i have so many good memories of growing up spending the weekends and weeks in the summer with your family.

Posted by Marvin Lorenz - Tecumseh, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

Alice Jean words cannot express the sadness I feel for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Colleen Blain - Tecumseh, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

So sorry for your loss prayers to the family

Posted by Randy and Tracie Willett - Jasper, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Barb Collar-Allen - Clayton, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

We are so sorry for your loss,prayers for the whole family... Richard and Kris Ries.

Posted by Kris Ries - Jasper, MI - Family   July 14, 2016

To Alice Jean and the family, YOU all are in our thought's and prayers. I can see Jerry sitting with my folks in heaven and having a good visit.

Posted by Philinda and Bill Fick - Blissfield, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016


Posted by Rhodna North North - Adrian, MI   July 14, 2016

So sorry for your family's loss, but the community's loss too! You are in my heart and prayers!

Posted by Suzanne Francoeur    July 14, 2016

Alice Jean and family. We are so sorry for your loss Have fond memories of all the good times we had together. May God be with you and comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Paul & Pauline Waldron - Grand Rapids, MI - Friend   July 14, 2016

I am so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. I will keep you all in my prayers.

Posted by Cynthia Schmid (Tripp ) - Wauseon, OH - Friend   July 13, 2016

To the entire family, we are so sorry for your loss, but rejoice in Heaven's gain. You have a wonderful reunion to look forward to. Our condolences to all the Brown family. Ron and Sharon Frye Palmyra

Posted by Ron Frye - Palmyra, MI - Family   July 13, 2016

I have fond memories of going to Jasper and getting my hair cut by Jerry when I was a kid growing up in Sand Creek. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.

Posted by Eric Merillat - Grand Rapids, MI - Acquaintance   July 13, 2016

So sorry for your loss I will really miss him he was a great guy

Posted by Marty Whitehead - Homedale, ID - Friend   July 13, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Alice Jean.
Jerry will be missed by a lot of people , lots of family , friends, and all the people he cut hair for, if they came back again, they became his friend. Happened to many fortunate people.
He left us and his barber shop but he is in his golden barber shop in heaven, telling the Lord stories about everyone he left behind, and I tell you what he has a lot to tell. If you think about it you can see him grinning or laughing as he tells each story, enjoying every minute of it. Some things never change.
We love him and will miss him very much.

Posted by Harlan &,Sue Willnow - Jasper, MI   July 13, 2016

He was definitely a special man and friend to all. How peaceful for him to work a full day and leave quickly without suffering. Hard for his family and loved ones but so simple for him. I shall greet him again someday in the promised land! May God's strength be with his family.

Posted by Lyn Melling - Holland, MI - Acquaintance   July 13, 2016

Troy my heart goes out to you,Cheryl & your kids. I am praying that you all fund comfort in this difficult time. May god wrap his loving arms around you all. Know that my heart is with you...

Posted by Sherry Evans~Rittersbach - Brooklyn, MI - Friend   July 13, 2016

What a Wonderful Man. So Very Sorry For Your Loss.

Posted by Cathy & Joe Han - Jasper, MI - Acquaintance   July 13, 2016

Our sincere condolences in the loss of your loved one Jerry. I never met him but felt as if I knew him from the times my Dad Gerald "Jerry" Deshler visited Jerry to get his hair cut & then dad took my son to have Jerry give him his first hair cut at 2 yrs old! Scott remembers those days with his Grampa at the " Barber Shop" & my husband Rusty Robinette also saw Jerry many times for a cut, what a nice nice man Jerry must have been as I remember all these times. your family is in our prayers & praising Him that Jerry is in His presence! <3>

Posted by Judy & Rusty Robinette - morenci, MI - Acquaintance   July 13, 2016

So sorry to hear of you loss aunt Alice Jean, Marvin, Todd, Kent, Troy uncle Jerry was a very special msn and was many. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you all.
All my love
Lisa Powelke Couture

Posted by Lisa Couture - PORT ORANGE, FL - Family   July 13, 2016

From our family to yours. We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Wanda Foley - Adrian, MI - Acquaintance   July 13, 2016

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