Rodney Brown

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March 1, 1921 - April 17, 2010

Rodney L. Brown, 89, longtime area farmer, passed away peacefully at the Odd Fellows Nursing Home, April 17, 2010.

Rod was born March 1, 1921, up Whiskey Creek in Columbia County, Wash., to Homer and Maude (Baim) Brown. In 1927, the family started farming in the Valley Grove area. He attended Valley Grove School and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 1940.

In 1940, Rod joined the National Guard and was called to active duty in 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His company was assigned to build the Alaska-Canadian Highway. He was honorably discharged in 1945. Rod returned to Walla Walla, where he met and married Donna B. Oliver, in 1946.

They moved to Valley Grove and took over the family farm, where he actively farmed for over 50 years.
Rod was a lifetime member of the VFW, Elks Lodge #287, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers and the Northwest Grain Growers.

Rod was a devoted husband and father. He was a kind and gentle man who loved people and animals, especially his border collie, D.B., and his cat, Goldie.

Rod is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna; twin daughters, Susan Brown Small and son-in-law, Joe, Sharon Brown Hudson and son-in-law, Grant, all of Walla Walla; sister, Merry Smith of Richland; brother-in-law, Philip White of Dayton; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Rod waspreceded in death by a son, Stephen Brown; a sister, Eden White; and his parents.

Graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010, at 11 a.m., at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla, with Chaplain Ben Vegors of the VA Medical Center officiating. Memorial contributions
may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or the charity of the donor's choice.

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