|Birth: ||Oct. 16, 1918|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 2000|
The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., March 16, 2000, page 20
Kermit Elmo Brown, of Underwood, died March 10, 2000, at the Hood River Care Center, at the age of 81.
Mr. Brown was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Warwick, N.D., to John and Etta (Miller) Brown. He was raised on a farm and spent much of his time with his good friend, his horse Dexter. He attended schools in North Dakota, including one year at Bottineau Forestry College. On New Year's Eve, he met Wilma Peterson at a neighborhood gathering. They were married on Oct. 18, 1940 in a double ceremony with her brother and his bride at the farm home near Maddock, N.D.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown moved to Bingen in 1942 and then to Underwood in January of 1943. They raised six children in the Gorge area and Mr. Brown started working in the timber industry. He also worked for a short time at Underwood Fruit before returning to logging, working for Broughton, Jay Hawes and for himself as a timber faller.
In 1972, he retired from logging and bought a secondhand store in White Salmon. The couple moved the business to Bingen and called it "Brown's Bargains." He ran the store until 1983, when he closed the business.
Mr. Brown loved woodworking and vegetable gardening. He enjoyed music and played the piano and keyboard. He made musical instruments out of wood. He loved being outdoors.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Wilma; son Ralph Brown, Bothell; daughters Beverly Martin, Gloucester, Va., Kathy Layman, Delano, Calif., Barbara Hupp, Bakersfield, Calif., Judy Peterson, Rosamond, Calif., and Kerma Murphy, Portland; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Brown were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2000, at Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon, with Pastor Jim Beals officiating.
Memorials may be given to Hood River Care Center.
Arrangements were handled by Gardner Funeral Home in White Salmon.
He also enjoyed inventing tools to get things done. One of those inventions, he applied and received a patent for.
John Joseph Brown (1882 - 1966)
Etta Lilly Miller Brown (1884 - 1972)
Married Oct 18, 1940
Maintained by: Ralph Brown
Originally Created by: Julie Linn Sims
Record added: Mar 21, 2010
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