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Gerald Lee Brownlee

May 17, 1957 ~ December 12, 2020 (age 63)


Gerald Lee Brownlee, age 63, of Des Moines died peacefully Saturday, December 12 at Taylor House in Des Moines.

Visitation will be held on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM at O'Leary Celebration of Life Center in Norwalk.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at O’Leary Celebration of Life Center in Norwalk.  Burial will immediately follow at the Highland Memorial Gardens in Des Moines.

Note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, everyone attending is required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.  During the visitation, a limited number of people will be allowed in the funeral home.  You may have to wait outside.  For those attending the funeral, guests will be allowed to enter the building 15 minutes prior to the service and must wear a face masks and maintain social distancing between households.

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Gerald Brownlee's Life Story

Gerald Lee Brownlee came into this life on May 17, 1957 to Oliver & Lavata (Agan) Brownlee in Primghar, Iowa as the youngest of three children.

Jerry attended Moravia High School, graduating in 1976.  He loved sports and enjoyed playing football and baseball.  As a kid he would ride his bike everywhere.

He worked for Mick’s Furniture in Moravia and Chamberlain’s in Albia.  After working a few more jobs, he landed in the Office Services department of Wellmark where he worked for 20 years.

During his time at Wellmark, he met the love of his life, Babbette “Babs” Glade in February of 1990 and the two wed in May that same year.

His love of sports led him to several games to cheer on the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Cubs and bled black & gold for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes.  Along with sports, he enjoyed watching The Price Is Right, Let’s Make A Deal, Wheel of Fortune and secretly Young & The Restless.

Jerry will always be remembered for his determination to adapt and he did what he wanted to do for "Determination" was his middle name.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Brownlee and Lavata (Agan) Brownlee.

Jerry’s memory will live on through his wife, Babs Brownlee, daughter Amber (Thomas) Harding, brother Tom (Sue) Brownlee, sister Sandy Brownlee, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Gerald Lee Brownlee, please visit our floral store.


December 21, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Celebration of Life
December 22, 2020

1:00 PM
O'Leary Funeral & Cremation Services
1020 Main Street
Norwalk, IA 50205

Graveside Service
December 22, 2020

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Highland Memorial Gardens, Des Moines

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