Roy Lloyd Brown was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on May 5, 1927, to Mildred and Lloyd Brown, the fifth of six children. He left Iowa and moved to Arlington, Washington, in the early 1940’s, meeting and marrying Kathy Rollins. They divorced in the early 1950’s. They had three daughters, Sandra, Deborah and Barbara.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1953, Roy went to work for the Weyerhaeuser Co. in Everett. When the Cosmopolis Mill went on line in 1957, he transferred to the Harbor, where he met and married Janice Smith in 1960. They purchased their first home in Cosmopolis in 1961. They had one son, “Karl” Michael Brown. Roy was more than a son-in-law to his wife’s parents, Karl and Ida Smith, and as executor of their estate, he was in charge of the care that Ida needed after Karl’s death in 1993 until she passed away in 2002. They both loved him very much. Roy and Janice divorced in 1997.
Roy spent several years in the machine room as a backtender before being promoted to mill Safety Director in the early 1970’s, serving in that capacity until he retired at the end of 1987. Roy was a lifelong staunch Democrat being very active in the party for many years serving as a Precinct Committeeman, County Chairman and a State Committeeman, attending many state conventions. He was privileged to know Henry Jackson as a neighbor in Everett and also as County Chairman, knew Warren Magnuson, Julia Butler Hansen and others that he held in high regard. A highlight of that period was being at Cheney Stadium in 1960 when John F. Kennedy was speaking and campaigning for the Presidential election. When JFK was assassinated in 1963, the Aberdeen Daily World broke the news to him when they woke him following a graveyard shift asking for a quote.
As a Safety Director, he was in one of Dr. Juris Mac’s first Emergency Medical Technician training courses and he continued working with Dr. Macs for several years as a teaching assistant.
Roy was very proud and active within the Cosmopolis community. He was involved with the Civil Service Commission from January 1976 through December 1995; served on the City Council from January 1996 through December 2003 and on the Board of Adjustments from January 2004 through December of last year.
Roy was the last survivor of his siblings, Bee (Dan) Morris, Sylvia (Chuck) Kennedy, Louise (Silas) Fox, Amy (Laurence) Pickerel, Bill (Wilma) Brown. He is survived by his daughters, Sandy (Larry) Alexander and Barbara (Mike) Helm; his son, Mike (Cheri) Brown; a brother-in-law, Dan Morris in Longmont, Colorado and sister-in-law, Wilma Brown in Oskaloosa, Iowa; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His daughter, Deborah Smith, also preceded him in death.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Cosmopolis Lions Club. A private committal was held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Cosmopolis.
Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam.
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