Gary Brook

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Gary Brook

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Gary Brook

Gary Brook’s ultimate desire was fulfilled on May 23, 2018, when he departed from this world to meet his Savior face to face. Throughout his long and valiant fight against respiratory illness, Gary displayed unwavering confidence in Jesus’ love, goodness and power. He was grateful for each day the Lord allowed him to remain on earth to delight in his beloved wife, Nancy. At the same time, he felt an increasing peace and anticipation as he looked ahead to seeing the One who had died and been resurrected to give Gary eternal life.

Gary was born in Billings on Aug. 6, 1948, to Leon and Mary Erickson. After his father’s accidental death, his mother remarried, and Gary continued to enjoy a loving home. He graduated from Senior High School and went on to earn a business degree from the University of Montana, making him a passionate, lifelong Griz fan. He served in the Army Reserve for 25 years, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.

Gary’s love for rhythm moved him to buy a drum studio, as well as play in the percussion section in the Billings Symphony for nearly a decade. He completed paralegal training and worked for both the Jones Law Firm and the Crowley Law Firm. In 1998, he joined the staff at Peacemaker Ministries, where he served as the head accountant and “chief jokester” for 14 years. He then applied his exceptional skills as an accountant for the Billings Rescue Mission. Throughout his busy professional career, Gary also served as a Deacon and Treasurer for Rocky Mountain Community Church.

But the really big event in Gary’s adult life came on July 19, 1987, when he married Nancy Munro and devoted himself to loving and caring for her and her two children, Jason and Holly. Gary and Nancy shared many passions, including remodeling and decorating houses, gardening, cooking, hunting and Griz games. But most of all they enjoyed laughing with their friends, fellowshipping with their church, and worshipping their gracious and loving God who crossed their paths and gave them so many good years together.

Gary’s life was characterized by humility, loyalty, faithfulness and service, which made him a very special son, husband, father, friend and man. He is deeply missed by those who knew and loved him, but they are consoled by the hope of a grand reunion because of their shared faith in Christ.

Gifts may be made in Gary’s name to the Billings Rescue Mission or Rocky Mountain Community Church. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Rocky Mountain Community Church.

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3 thoughts on “Gary Brook”

  1. Steve Armstrong

    I was deeply saddened to learn that Gary had passed away. I met Gary while in the UM Marching Band and performing in the percussion section in the Concert Band and other performing ensembles at the U. We were both in the percussion section and were great fans of the late Len Droste. Gary was a memorable person both in these performing groups and in other aspects of his life.

    There are too many memories to share, but one that comes to mind was when he asked if I wanted to go to Billings with him. I said, “sure.” So, we hoped into his 1970 Mercury Cougar with a V-8 engine and basically flew the Billings. At one point, he hit 105 mph on I-90. We made it to Billings in a little under four hours. I thought about flying back to Missoula, but he assured me that he would keep the speed at around 80 on the way home.

    Another great memory: we were performing the 1812 Overture in the University Theater. Our band director wanted the percussion to hit 50-gallon steel drums at the appropriate moment in this piece. Gary came up with an incredible idea. He would load 44-caliber blanks into his 6-shot 44-caliber long barrel pistol. What an incredible way to create a “cannon” effect!

    We had great fun during those band years. I am sorry that I lost track of him after he left the U.

    My sympathies to you and your family.

  2. Dale and Donna Smiley

    We had worked so hard to find you and Nancy a place to stay while you waited to be put on the lung transplant list at UW in Seattle. Our short time corresponding was a huge blessing to us. You now have a new address fulfilling your desire to see our Savior face to face. May God grant the family comfort and strength in the days ahead. God bless.

  3. Morris W. Hall, LTC, USA, Ret

    I am so sorry to hear of COL Brooks passing. Gary was a truly fine Officer and Gentleman. I did Command and General Staff Collage under his tutelage in the 1990’s. He was a through and complete tutor who also possessed a very fine sense of humor. He was fun to be with as he guided us along the paths of Military Science. He had a wonderful sense of duty while at the same time possessing a very good wit. I owe him a debt that cannot be repaid. Thank You, COL Brooks and Godspeed to your next assignment with our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Morris W. Hall, LTC, USA, Ret

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