Gerald Dale ‘Sleeve’ Brown

Aug 13, 2014

YUBA CITY, CALIFORNIA — Gerald Dale “Sleeve” Brown, master sergeant, 72, of Yuba City, California, passed away July 29, 2014. Gerald was born Sept. 18, 1941. He was a graduate of Canton High School, class of 1959.

Sleeve was a boom operator in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 27 years of service as a master sergeant E-7and was a member of VFW Post 1267. Among his accomplishments, he was the first to refuel a stealth bomber in the air midflight. He served two tours in Vietnam, 1968 and 1969, and was N.C.O. in charge of two bases responsible for refueling planes. Sleeve had 5,000 flight hours and was the N.C.O. in charge of the training squad at Loring Air Force Base.

He is survived by his wife, Shizue T. Brown, of Yuba City; daughter, Kathy Brown, of Sacramento, California; son, Dale Brown, of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren, Baylee, Chase, Caleb, Cayden and Kara; brothers, Roger and BJ Brown, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Gary and Brenda Brown, of Canton.

He is preceded in death by his father, William Herschel Brown, and his mother, Christine Brown.

The viewing was from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Lakeside Colonial Chapel. Interment was at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Sacramento Valley Cemetery.

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