Elmo James Brown, 92, of Ashland, Ore., passed away

Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Linda Vista Care Center, in the

company of his family.

Elmo was born April 15, 1919, in Dana, Calif. He was the third son of six children by William Dean and Hattie Grace Brown. Elmo married his loving wife of 65 years, Betty

Lucille Wirz, on October 13, 1945, at the Ashland Methodist Church.

Elmo, a veteran of the United States Navy, was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He served throughout the Pacific Theatre during World War II, and was discharged in October 1946. Upon returning to Ashland, Elmo worked for White Fir Lumber. He then became a heavy equipment operator for

Lininger and Sons and later Plumley Construction.

Elmo loved being outdoors, whether he was elk hunting, fishing, or tending to his garden. He was an enthusiastic

Ashland Grizzly booster, and regularly attended the football and basketball games for decades.

Elmo is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Bill Ahern, of Springfield, Ore., and Judy and Darroll Clark, of Kennewick, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Deborah Brown, of Gold Hill, Ore.;

grandchildren, Robert, James, Chris, Tara, Scott and Leslea; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 25, at Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home. Remembrances may be made to Linda Vista Care Center or the American Heart Association.