Melvin L. Brown
Melvin LeRoy Brown, 94, of Uvalde, formerly of Ellensburg, Washington, died on May 5, 2019, at Amistad Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, in Quincy, Washington.
He was born on Nov. 19, 1924, in Ellensburg, Washington, to Dorothy (Ippisch) and Harold Brown. He learned the art of farming from his parents.
He served on a bomber seaplane in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an aviation radioman third class (ARM3C), performing missions on Saipan and Bikini Atoll.
After the war, Brown returned to farming. He married Kathleen “Katie” Thacker on April 13, 1947, in Ellensburg, Washington. The couple moved to Quincy, Washington, where they had four children and spent 66 years together.
Brown loved fishing, softball, bowling and gardening. The family says he would always lend a helping hand to those in need and he loved sharing the produce and flowers he grew with neighbors and friends. He loved making people laugh and playing practical jokes.
Brown is survived by three children, Kathy Brown and husband, Bill Harris, of Show Low, Arizona, Dan Brown and wife, Jonie, of Woodinville, Washington, and Patti Brown and husband, Karl Gibbons, of Uvalde; two grandchildren, Jeremiah Luigs-Brown and wife, Tiffany, and Nika Zannini and husband, David; and three great-grandchildren, Killian Luigs-Brown, Eleanor Zannini and Finley Zannini.
He was preceded in death by his wife, and son, Larry Brown.
Cremation was under the direction of Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com