March 5, 1930 — Sept. 3, 2013
Ramon Vay Brown was born March 5, 1930, to Frank and Bertha (Eckhart) Montgomery, in Norcatur, Kan. His mother died shortly thereafter, and at the age of six weeks he was adopted by Lyle and Wilma (Billie) Brown. In 1936 the Browns drove from Kansas to Milton-Freewater.
In 1948 he graduated from Mac-Hi, where he was active in football and FFA, and served as senior class president. He was named an FFA State Farmer and attended two FFA National Conventions in Kansas City.
He married Marilyn Fisher on July 7, 1951, and they moved from Milton-Freewater, to the farm on the Old Milton Highway, Walla Walla, in 1957.
Ramon and Lyle farmed together for many years, raising many different crops and keeping a large herd of cattle. Ramon was proud of receiving recognition for raising high-tonnage sugar beets, and for being one of the first farmers to raise alfalfa seed in the Umapine area. Later he farmed with Jim Vinti, branching out into raising onions and other vegetable crops, and also had a hog operation. Subsequent to suffering his first stroke, Ramon retired from farming.
He was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) Enterprise Lodge #2 for over 50 years, and during his membership, held many Lodge offices, including Noble Grand. Other memberships included Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers, Northwest Grain Growers, U & I Sugar Beet Growers Association, Walla Walla Gardeners Association, Walla Walla County Cattlemen’s Association, and he was a long-time 4-H leader.
Throughout his life, he loved animals, always having horses and dogs and cats. Ramon enjoyed travelling and he loved to talk to people and always had a joke to tell.
Ramon enjoyed children, and was a mentor to many young people who never forgot him. He always tried to be involved in his daughters’ activities, and made sure they had wonderful horses to ride.
Survived by his wife, Marilyn, at the home; daughters, Connie Vinti and Jerri Ramsey; former son-in-law, Jim Vinti, who remained special to him and with whom he farmed; sister Greta (Brown) Hassler; brother Richard (Mildred) Eckhart; half-sister Pheobie (Marvin) Stutheit; and beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and special friends.
The family wishes to gratefully acknowledge and thank Dr. Michael Wilcox and Dr. Brent Clark for the wonderful care and personal attention they provided Ramon, and Alicia Salazar and the incomparable staff at Miranda’s Home Care, where Ramon received wonderful, loving treatment over a long period, when he could no longer be cared for at home.
Services will be held Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Herring-Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 West Alder, Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.herringgroseclose.com.