Lyle Morris Brown, 92, died March 9, 2013, from complications of cancer.
He was born May 20, 1920.
He served his country in World War II and was enlisted Jan. 23, 1942. Attaining the rank of staff sergeant, he was honorably discharged Nov. 5, 1945. After the war he moved his young family to Oregon where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. He lived in The Dalles, Ore., when working as a crane operator constructing many of the dams in both Oregon and Washington. After the eruption of Mount St. Helens, he once again served his community in choosing to come out of retirement to help clean up the aftermath. He was honored as a life member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 701 of Gladstone, Ore., on Feb. 5, 2010.
In 1957 he married Velma Reed. They were married for 56 years. He made it a priority to take his family fishing, camping and sightseeing.
His hobbies included being an avid fisherman, gardener, golfer and square dancer. After retirement he became quite the garage sale aficionado. He and his wife Velma enjoyed their golden years as “snow birds” by being members of the Thousand Palms community near Palm Springs. They traveled with their many friends in the RV club and took up playing golf. When they weren’t in California they lived in The Dalles.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Francis Pirnie, and also Francis’s son Gary Pirnie, grandsons Eddie and Jay Reed, sister Lola Anderson and brother Calvin Brown.
He is survived by his wife Velma L. Brown, The Dalles; and his children, Nina Brown, Eugene, Ore.; Toby Charloe, Miami, Okla.; Renee Naasz, Jamestown, N.D.; Pat Inman, The Dalles; and Eddie Reed, Boring, Ore. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
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