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Roy William Brown

December 27, 2017 ~ July 6, 2017

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Roy W. Brown

December 27, 1920 – July 6, 2017

Roy W. Brown was born on December 27, 1920 in Palo Alto, California to Robert E. and Geraldine (McVicker) Brown.  They lived in Redwood City, which did not have its own hospital until much later.  He will be cremated and buried next to his parents in Palo Alto per his request.

He was in the Civilian Conservation Corp. during the depression years and worked in the Kings Canyon National Park in California.

In 1942, he met and married Lois Williams.  He worked for the telephone company.  His oldest daughter, Colleen, was born in San Francisco on January 15, 1943. He was working in the shipyards and was drafted into the Army Air Corp (later became the US Air Force) about the time that Colleen was about six months old.  They were reunited after World War II when Colleen was about 3 ½ years of age.  He carried a small picture of his wife and a pair of Colleen’s booties with him throughout his war years.  Like so many veterans, he never talked about the war experience, but when he did, he made light of his participation.  He was part of D-Day, “although not in the initial battle”, he stated a few years ago. He strung telephone line across Europe.  He came home from the war on a ship much like the Queen Mary, which he toured with his daughters several years ago in Long Beach California.

His second daughter, Nancy, was born in Palo Alto on March 28, 1947.  My Dad and Mother were divorced sometime in 1948.  I am not sure when he started house painting and was a union man for many years.  Dad joined the Air Force for a while during the Korean War, but never left California.  He had an honorable hardship discharge, as his daughters were in need of their Dad, as their Mother was not a part of their lives.  He was always a loving and caring Father, who was always there for his “girls”. 

He was a lifetime motorcycle enthusiast, and loved car racing as well.  I can remember going to dirt bike races on Friday nights when I was in 5th grade.  He took many long motorcycle trips including to Baja California and a European Tour.  Everywhere Dad traveled he met friends, many who became lifetime friends.  They knew him as “Brownie”, and most of his Friends didn’t even know his given name.

His daughters: Colleen lives in Colorado and Nancy resides in California.  He has two grandsons: Dennis Howard and wife, Naomi in Minnesota and Phil Howard and wife, Laura in California.  He also has four great-grandchildren: Robert and Ben in Minnesota and Emily and Warren in California.

When he settled in Bend, Oregon he was a part of a hiking group and had many friends at the New Port Avenue Market.  All his friends and family will miss him greatly.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  3168 NE 3rd Street – Prineville, Oregon  97754.   (541) 416-9733.  www.whisperingpinesfh.com

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