Arlyn “Ray” Brown joined Jesus in heaven on December 5, 2022, at Swedish Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born June 21, 1964 to Robert A. Brown and Grace P. Homer in Garden City, KS.
Ray spent his younger childhood in Dodge City, KS and Fort Morgan, CO. He later moved with his father, stepmother Marci, brother Robin, and sister Machelle to Bazine, KS, to their Grandma Brown’s home where he attended Bazine Schools. He and his brother, Robin, were inseparable and loved growing up together, wreaking havoc. They might have even set the neighboring lot on fire, while they were in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Alongside his younger brother, he participated in football and basketball. He loved spending time with his family, welding for Harold Schwerin, and taking apart things he shouldn’t have. He graduated in 1982 from Bazine High School and began a career in the oil field a few years later. Ray spent the majority of his oilfield years working for Mull Drilling Co Inc.
Ray married Tami (Roth) Brown April 7, 1990, in Cheyenne Wells, CO. They decided to call Cheyenne Wells their home and later welcomed their children, Tori Rae and Trey Robert. He was always there for them through their ups and downs, and taught them to enjoy every moment life had to offer. Ray loved creating their homework projects, which always brought out his creative side. In his spare time, Ray could be found creating masterpieces out of wood, fixing things for others, or looking for new hobbies on YouTube. He loved spending time in Mexico or in the mountains at Grand Lake, CO, surrounded by his family and friends. One light in Ray’s life was his grandson, Barrett, who could get papa to do whatever he asked.
We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Ray in his 58 years of life, among them: Any piece of wood, regardless the size, is worth saving. You can never have enough tools. If your hands aren’t dirty, you aren’t working hard enough. Do not touch his things, especially in his garage, EVER!!! Ray was a member of Prairie View Health Resources, Knights of Columbus, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He is survived by his wife Tami; children Tori Beek and Trey Brown; grandson Barrett Beek; brother Robin (Marilyn) Brown; brother-in-law Kermit Schindler; stepmother Marceilla Brown; in-laws Bill (Sandie) Roth; sister-in-laws Cassa (Rick) Haney, Tracy (Bryce) Walker; brother-in-law Craig (Julie) Roth; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Robert A. Brown, sister Machelle Renee (Brown) Schindler, grandparents Ralph J. and Laura Mae (Cox) Brown.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. on December 10, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cheyenne Wells. Burial followed at Fairview Cemetery in Cheyenne Wells. Memorial contributions may be left at Eastern Colorado Bank.
Friends and family can register online condolences and sign the guestbook at www.brownfuneraldirectors.com. Visitation and funeral services wer entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home in Cheyenne Wells.