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Gilbert "Gib" Clair Brown

February 1, 1942 December 6, 2023
Gilbert "Gib" Clair Brown
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Gilbert (Gib) Clair Brown, age 81 of Adair, IA, was welcomed into his heavenly home on December 6, 2023.

Gib was born to the late Ivan and Betty Brown in Mount Pleasant IA on Feb 1, 1942. He grew up with his brother Robert (Bob) around the Lockridge and West Chester area. In May of 1960 he was the last class to graduate from West Chester High School and was Class President. He married the love of his life Margaret Brown on May 29, 1965.

In the 55 years before Margaret died, they made their married home in the towns of Keota, IA, Washington, IA and for the last 27 years called Adair home. Shortly after their move, Gib suffered a massive heart attack that forced his retirement but gifted him 20+ miracle years to spend with his family and landing him the role of #1 babysitter for all his grandkids! For the last 3 years Gib stayed in Adair until coming to New Homestead in Guthrie Center in July of 2023 to be cared for by their amazing staff the last of his days.

Over the years Gib served as a farm hand, truck driver, factory worker, janitor of Keota High School, restaurateur, and his most important and favorite role as babysitter for all 9 of his grandkids as they grew up. No matter what profession Gilbert found himself in, his main priority and love was his wife and family.

Gib could be found most every day tinkering around the house, building small projects for his wife, kids and grandkids – book shelves, benches, plant stands, recipe boxes, or whatever he could dream up to keep himself busy. He always knew how to fix anything you brought him. Vacuums, Christmas lights, any household item giving anyone trouble, he could fix. He loved to read, mow with his new John Deere mower, do search word puzzles, play cards and watch Westerns and NFL Football. He was the kindest, gentlest man with an ornery grin and was loved by everyone who met him.

Gib was a member of the First Congregational Church in Stuart IA. He LOVED going to church with his family and going to lunch afterwards.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, and wife whom he missed so dearly.

He is survived by and left a legacy with his children Susan & Tim Schafer of Adair, IA, and Sheryl Richter & Dennis of Stuart, IA. Nine Grandchildren Dakota Schafer (Jordan) of Adair, McKenna (Justin) Keck of Adair, Navey (Jacob) Joliet of Adair, and Cross Schafer of Adair, Jacob (Majda) Reed of Waterloo, Josh (Kahlan) Reed of Waterloo, Tate Richter, Gracie Richter and Maya Richter all of Stuart, IA. And finally his pride and joy of 4 great grandbabies - Lyllah Reed of Waterloo and Liza & Olive Keck, and Stratton Joliet - all of Adair.

A visitation will be held on February 1st (what would have been his 82nd Birthday) from 5-7 p.m., and Funeral on Friday, Feb 2 at 11a.m. all at First Congregational Church. Lunch of Taco bar and others of Gib's favorites will be offered afterwards. The service will be livestreamed at

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5:00 PM 2/1/2024 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/1/2024 7:00:00 PM
First Congregational Church

224 North Division Street
Stuart, IA 50250

First Congregational Church
224 North Division Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States





11:00 AM 2/2/2024 11:00:00 AM
First Congregational Church

224 North Division Street
Stuart, IA 50250

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A time of fellowship and luncheon will be held immediately following the service at the church.

First Congregational Church
224 North Division Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States

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