Obituaries Sept. 27, 2005

Robert E. Brown

Robert E. Brown died Sept. 14, 2005, at his home in Kingman. He was eighty.

His wife for 24 years, Elba was by his side holding his hand at the time of his departure. Bob and Elba were inseparable for 25 years, and their love for each other was very deep. His wife is missing him terribly.

Graveside services were held at Mountainview Cemetery, with a viewing prior to the service at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home in Kingman. Pallbearers were his sons, Larry Brown, Dennis Brown and Roberto Rodriguez; his brother, John L. Brown; and his very good friends, Jerry Kraft, George Munn and Joe Beirau.

Bob as he was best known by his family and friends, was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Collinsville, Okla. He and his brother, Joe, left home in 1936 to work as cowboys in Texas, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada, breaking horses and doing other ranch work.

Bob joined the Army Airforce in 1943. He served during World War II as a airplane electrical mechanic and gunner. He was a combat crewmember of a B-29-type aircraft. He assisted the flight engineer in pre-flight inspections. He inspected, checked and made necessary repairs to the electrical system. During combat flights, he served as a gunner, watching for enemy aircraft, calling their position, then aiming and firing at the attacking planes when they came within firing range.

He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 10386 at John L. Avenue in Kingman. On Monday, Sept. 19, the same V.F.W gave him a military ceremony, with taps played by the commander and "Amazing Grace" sung by Joany, a very good friend of Bob and Elba and a member of the Auxiliary at the V.F.W. 10386. The ceremony was beautiful.

After his honorable discharge from the military, Bob worked as an electrician at Idaho Nation Engineer Lab and for several contractors until he went into business for himself (Bob Brown Electric) in 1970. He retired in 1983.

He was a member of the IBEW, Local Union 449 in southwestern Idaho for 55 years.

He met the love of his life, Elba M. Brown (Fernandez Mendez) in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where they got married and later moved to Kingman, where they made many good friends.

Family and friends of Bob will always remember him for his love of music. He played the guitar (his second love) for most of his life. He loved to entertain, playing and singing whenever possible. He loved to dance with his wife, Elba, almost every Friday at the Eagles Lodge, the Moose Lodge and every place that had good country music.

He loved to fish and hunt in his younger years, and he would take his family camping every weekend during summer. He loved Palisades Lake in Idaho, where he built his own cabin. He also built several other homes during his life.

Survivors are his wife Elba Brown; three sons, Larry Brown of Blackwell, Okla., Dennis Brown of Sandpoint, Idaho, and Roberto Rodriguez (Teresa) of Kingman; three daughters, Caroll Belair (Jerry) of Blackwell, Jeanie Delaney of Bowie, Ariz., and Sherry Coward (Bill) of Idaho Falls; one brother, John L. Brown (Joyce) of Tustin, Calif.; three sisters, Freda Moore of Tracy, Calif., Norma Williams of Atwater, Calif., and Doris Raley of Turlock, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, William Kirk and Ollie Viola (Raley) Brown; two brothers, Oliver Joe Brown and Alvin Brown; and one sister, Leta Brown.

Warren Michael Ellis

Warren Michael Ellis, 77, of Kingman passed away on Sept. 23, 2005. Warren was born in Los Angeles on July 14, 1928. Final arrangements have been made with Sutton Crematory.

Garnett M. Class

Garnett Mae Class passed away at the age of 86 on Sept. 22, 2005.

She was born in Madison, S.D., on Jan. 20, 1919. Final arrangements have been made with Sutton Crematory.