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Richard M. ‘Rick’ Brown
Richard M. ‘Rick’ Brown


Richard M. "Rick" Brown, 74, died Feb. 23, 2019, in Ketchikan.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1944, in Salem, Oregon.

Mr. Brown was raised in Nehalem, Oregon, and graduated from Neahkahnie High School in Rockaway, Oregon.

He was married on Dec. 23, 1964 in Buffalo Center, Iowa. Afterward, he resided in Manzanita, Oregon, until he and his family made the decision to follow the timber industry to Southeast Alaska.

He worked as a timber faller for 30 years, and also as a heavy equipment operator in the logging and road construction fields.

Mr. Brown resided in Ketchikan and on Prince of Wales Island for 48 years.

He enjoyed hunting, trapping, boating, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. After retirement, he enjoyed creating unique wood objects at his lathes.

"He felt he had come 'full circle' with his love for wood," his family writes. "Over the years he fell the trees, milled wood with a portable mill, loaded barges with logs to go to town for processing, and in later years, processed raw lumber into woodworking to share with others."

Mr. Brown is survived by his wife of 54 years, Georgia Brown of Ketchikan; and daughters, Kaejo Brown (Harold Whittlesy) of Bonney Lake, Washington, and Erika Brown of Ketchikan.

As per Mr. Brown's request, no services are planned.