Brownie J. (Boultinghouse) Gass

Brownie J. (Boultinghouse) Gass

February 21, 1931 – January 23, 2019

Brownie J. (Boultinghouse) Gass passed away on January 23, 2019 at the Hospice House in Omaha. Brownie intended to celebrate her 88th birthday on February 21, but God had other plans. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, as well as a strong, independent woman. She was preceded in death by husband, Ronald N. Gass and son, David S. Gass. Brownie leaves three loving daughters: Deborah Stang (Daniel) of Omaha, Stacey Hertenstein of Chesapeake, VA, and Lisa Parramore (James) of Canton, OH. “Gram” will be greatly missed by her ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Brownie was born in Osborne, Kansas, on February 21, 1931 to parents Louis and Dora Boultinghouse. Upon graduation from Osborne County High School, she moved to Kansas City and then Omaha, with plans of becoming a stewardess and seeing the world.

In Omaha, Brownie worked for Mutual of Omaha and created a network of friends. These friends introduced her to Ronald, whom she married and spent 63 wonderful years with.

With Ron’s help, Brownie did get to see the world, including several trips to Europe, Australia, the Panama Canal, cruises to warm destinations, as well as seasonal living in Estes Park, Colorado and Ft. Myers, Florida. Brownie enjoyed spending time with her family, golfing, (she was a member of the Hole-In-One Club) and socializing with friends through outings, her Queen Bee Club, and the infamous themed dinner parties. She and Ron gathered people and friends wherever they went. Brownie had numerous artistic hobbies and varied interests— especially her front door wreaths.

Brownie was an integral part of Gass Industries Manufacturing, selling leisure items throughout the United States. Working alongside Ron and her father-in-law Phillip, she was the bookkeeping, distribution and marketing departments all in one.

As a member of Countryside Community Church for more than 50 years, Brownie participated in Women’s Circle, and she and Ron traveled extensively with Reverend Richard and Randy Linde.

A special thank you to Bev Marino, Brownie’s “fourth daughter,” who helped her care for Ron in his final years and for Brownie over the past two years.

Appropriately for Brownie, the Queen Bee, there will be a Celebration of Life on June 22, 2019 at Lauritzen Gardens beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft Street, Omaha, NE 68108, or the Omaha Zoo Foundation, 3701 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE, 68107. She was a big supporter of these Omaha gems.



  • Drew and Cheryl Whitler Posted January 24, 2019 10:05 pm

    Our prayers and thoughts are with Deb and her entire family. May the Lord hold you all in the palm of his loving hands…

  • Howard and Valerie Arnett Posted January 25, 2019 6:21 pm

    We’re holding you up in prayer Deb/Dan, and your family as you comfort each during your loss.

  • Scott and Regina Pretti Posted January 26, 2019 8:51 am

    To everything there is a season,a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born,and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn,and a time to dance; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. -Ecclesiastes

  • Scott Gray Posted January 26, 2019 9:41 am

    Good thoughts and prayers to the family of Brownie. Brownie, Ron and Lisa were the first people we met when we moved to Omaha 50+ years ago. She was one of the best people I ever knew, and the world is greater for Brownie being here. God bless the family.

  • Scott Butterfield Posted January 26, 2019 9:52 am

    A truly beautiful person inside and out. Never a stern word, always a smile. Such fond memories of boating, Estes Park, Husker games and family fun. She will be missed!

  • Cheryl and Jim Richardson Posted January 26, 2019 12:45 pm

    We extend our sincere sympathy to Ron and Brownies entire family. They were a wonderful couple and genuinely good people. We have many fond memories of times in Fort Myers.

  • Anne Luter Posted January 27, 2019 11:02 am

    Dear family,

    I especially remember your mother/grandmother/great grandmother as a great neighbor and mother to Debbie, Stacy, David and Lisa. I hope that the scope and depth of her life continues to shower blessings from heaven to all her family and friends.

  • Bill & Bobbie Stefl Posted January 27, 2019 12:05 pm

    Thinking of you & your family with prayers at this difficult time.

  • Carol Otis Stolp Posted January 27, 2019 1:06 pm

    Thinking of you girls with heartfelt love and sympathy. Losing a mom, especially one as special as yours, leaves such a hole in your heart. May it be filled with all the wonderful memories you shared. Know that she is always with you.

  • Mary & Gerard Mick Posted January 28, 2019 11:47 am

    We met Brownie and Ron at the St. Leo’s exercise group for Parkinson’s Disease. Brownie was one of the original members of my PD CarePartners support group and was a kind and caring mentor to all of us. We have missed her since Ron died. Our sincere sympathy of your loss of her.

  • Stephen Graf Posted January 28, 2019 12:48 pm

    Stacey my condolences to you and your family.

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