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William Winn Brown

Born: Tue., Aug. 28, 1934
Died: Sat., Aug. 24, 2013


Graveside Service

8:00 AM Wed., Aug. 28, 2013
Location: Penrose Cemetery


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Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, son, and friend, William Winn Brown, 78, passed away on Saturday afternoon, August 24, 2013, at the family ranch southwest of Lovell, Wyoming.  “Winn” was born on August 28, 1934, in the old two-story hospital in Lovell; the first child of Alma Taylor Brown and Edith Stella Winn Brown.

Winn attended Lovell schools and graduated from Lovell High School in 1952, then spent two years in the U.S. Army Rangers, training as a paratrooper in Panama. While there he managed to survive a parachute malfunction adventure, which he forever claimed took ½ inch off his six foot height.
Winn served in the Southern States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1956 through February of 1958. He attended Northwest College for awhile, doing rodeo events on the side, until he met and married his sweetheart, Genielle Tew.  Winn then transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated in Agricultural Economics in 1963.

After BYU, Genielle and Winn established their home in Byron, Wyoming. They moved to the family ranch property southwest of Lovell in 1970, where the family still lives.
Winn worked several years for Cache Valley Breeders and Montana Breeders, teaching cattle management to ranchers all over Montana and Wyoming. At the same time, he worked his father’s farm and eventually combined it with his Uncle Elgen’s farm, to realize the original boundaries as homesteaded by Ebenezer Brown in 1902.  Over the years Winn added other neighboring parcels to achieve his life goal of establishing a family ranch property.

Winn’s life was centered around the principles of the restored gospel. He will be remembered for his many stories of his missionary experiences, family and church history events, his ranching adventures, and of his early rodeo and hunting days.  Ask any of his ten children about “when Dad roped the elk”, or the raft trip down the Big Horn Canyon, or “The Mysterious Disappearance of the Military MP Jeep”. He loved Robert Service poems and could recite whole stanzas. Winn was a true cowboy, who never met a stranger.  

Winn was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother Lionel Dow Brown (Bud), and his son Curtis Taylor Brown (d. June 17, 2013).

He is survived by his siblings Joseph Guernsey (Gurn) Brown, Persis Ann Skinner, Val Young Brown,  Alma Taylor Brown Jr. (Buster), and Emma Louise Christoffersen;  his wives Genielle, Bobbie and Sheryl, and nine children; Cindy Hansen, Scott Allan Brown, Lorilyn Beck, Kody Winn Brown, Christine King, Tricia Lee Garner, Travis Merrill Brown, Leah Nicole Lundquist, and William Michael Brown.  

Graveside services were held Wednesday morning, August 28, 2013 – which would have been Winn’s 79th birthday.  He lays at rest in the Penrose Cemetery.

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Betty
   Posted Tue August 27, 2013
When my grandmother passed, the minister repeated a verse from the bible then and added a comment that helped comfort me. I hope this will also comfort the Brown family. This may not be in keeping with your religion, it is not intended to offend.

King James Bible
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

The minister added;
Don't feel that she is gone from you, but is just in another room.

I imagined her not gone from the earth, but in another room. It helped ease the pain I felt and I hope it helps you with your grief.

My deepest sympathy for your losses this year.

Lisa Houserman
   Posted Tue August 27, 2013
I tweeted many of you to send condolences and then found this site.

I'm so very sorry for your loss. Kody, I understand how you feel as my dad died in 1991 when I was 27.

You are very, very lucky to have had him for all these years. The time I saw him on your show, he seemed like a nice, big, old cowboy type and those are the best.

My thoughts are with you and your extended family.

You all take care and know that others do care about you and think of you often.

Respectfully,
Lisa Houserman
Sister Wives Viewer

Dianne
   Posted Tue August 27, 2013
I just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I very much enjoyed the episodes filmed in Wyoming. Such a beautiful ranch with family close by. I often wondered why you picked Vegas over Wyoming...maybe the snow?

My grandfather passed away in 2010. It was a tough time in my life, because I was going through chemotherapy in my 30's, it was a very unexpected illness.

As soon as he passed my life changed, I was healed in what appeared to be the biggest miracle possible, my cancer just disappeared. Then my heart began to change. I had turned away from how I was raised, I never considered Jesus, what he would want me to do with my life. As soon as my grandfather passed that changed also. I felt Jesus close to me, and I was drawn to him. Since then my relationship with Christ has become so strong and I have changed my life to live for him.

I truly believe that my grandfather prayed on my behalf for my soul, and I am thankful for that.

I hope and pray that your father/grandfather does the same for each one of you, that he is up in Heaven on your behalf, praying for each of you.

God bless.

Sheila
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
Kody and Family,
My heart is saddened for your loss. I know that your family was so close. I hope that God carries you through this painful time. Also that your loving family can hold you close to help sooth your pain. Remember the good and let the tears help wash away the hurt. My thoughts are with you.
Sheila Felix
West Virginia

Les Jensen
   Posted Wed August 28, 2013
Kody and family, I am so sorry to hear about Winn's passing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Wendy
   Posted Mon September 02, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I will be praying for you and your family.

Kathi Vieira
   Posted Tue September 03, 2013
Dear Kody, Janelle, and Kody mom and the Brown family. I was so sorry to see Kodys dad had passed. My prayers for all of you. Sincerely, Kathi V ., Boston Ma

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