Durward Leslie (“Dude”) Brown, born July 15, 1917, in Augusta, Wis., passed away Dec. 13, 2008, in Eureka. He was a resident of Del Norte County for 53 years, having moved here from Port Angeles, Wash. Mr. Brown was a member of the Gasquet Bible Church.
Dude came to Crescent City in 1955 as a shareholder in NorCal Plywood, where he was the shipping clerk. After that company closed he went to Del Norte Feed, then to the Hiouchi Store and RV Park, then to Coast-to-Coast Hardware. In those positions he was known to many Del Norte people as he helped them with their pet and garden supplies and hardware needs.
Dude’s first wife Jean, who died in 1963, was an RN who worked in Dr. Elmer Hart’s clinic on G Street. Dude married Velma DeGross in 1964, and she died in 2002. In retirement Dude and Velma traveled across the country and into Mexico and Canada in RVs; they drove the length of Baja; they also drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska and made other trips to Alaska and Hawaii.
He is survived by daughter Janice (and husband Gary) Anderson of Santa Rosa; stepsons Terry (Charleen) DeGross of Gasquet and Dennis (Vonni) DeGross of Chehalis, Wash.; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; close friends Cheryl and Steve Crockett of Gasquet; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Brown, and second wife, Velma Brown; brothers Wayne Brown, Chad Brown, and John Gilliam of Washington, and sister Delores Stone of Washington.
Public visitation will be held at Wier’s Mortuary on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until noon with private interment to take place at the IOOF Memorial Cemetery in Crescent City. Contributions may be made to one’s favorite charity.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wier’s Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.