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Lester Browning

Grass Valley native Lester William Browning died Thursday, Oct. 26, at Spring Hill Manor Convalescent Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 93.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.

Mr. Browning was born Sept. 7, 1913, in Grass Valley to William and Mary Browning. He attended school in Grass Valley. As a young man, he owned and operated the Browning Dairy on Allison Ranch for several years. He married Hazel Juliff on Dec. 20, 1936, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Grass Valley. He worked in the Central and Empire Mines until their closure in 1940.

During World War II, he worked in defense at Hall-Scott Motors in Berkeley, assembling motors for PT boats. In 1944, he went to work for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. as a garage mechanic, retiring in 1974. He was a past member of SIR’s, Nevada City Elks and a lifetime member of the Nevada County Country Club. He enjoyed gardening, traveling, playing golf and being with his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hazel; daughter and son-in-law Sue and Bud Anderson; son and daughter-in-law Howard and Lauana Browning; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Paul and Julie Anderson; grandsons Bill Anderson and Andy and Josh Browning; granddaughters Janet Anderson and Lisa Capps; great-grandchildren Alex, K.C., and Coulton Anderson, Corey Browning, Karly Capps and Halle Browning; and nieces Mary Jo Enright and Judy Bagley. He was preceded in death by his father, William Browning in 1916; mother, Mary Moore in 1965; stepfather John Moore in 1936; and sister Margaret Heffren in 1992.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley 95945.

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