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Riley Brown

Riley E. Brown died Oct. 20, 2007, at his home in Grass Valley. He was 84. According to his request, no services will be held.

Mr. Brown was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Adair, Okla., to Webb Everett and Gladys (Leach) Brown. He completed the ninth grade. He and his wife married Mar. 22, 1952, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mr. Brown enjoyed cars and in 1940 drove his Model A Ford from Oklahoma to California. He served in the United States Merchant Marines from 1943 to 1944 during World War II. He worked in the lumber mills, including Pendola Mill and Bohemia Mill. He also worked in construction through Laborer’s International Union Local 185 and was a member for 51 years.



He was an avid reader and loved repairing old cars.

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Margaret Brown of Grass Valley; daughter, Rileyne E. and husband Bruce Behrman of Fair Oaks; daughter, Cynthia L. Sher of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers Everett C. Brown of Temple, Texas, John R. Brown of Indianapolis, Ind., Bob G. Brown of Grove, Okla., and Ron W. Brown of Skiatook, Okla.; sister, Norma L. Newman of Warren, Okla.; grandchildren Matthew and Mark Behrman, of Fair Oaks and John Michael, Rebekah and Joey Sher of Colorado Springs; and six great-grandchildren.




He was preceded in death by his sister, Wyne L. Brown; and brother, Webb E. Brown Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.


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