Edmund Garrett Brownell, 90, of Canby, a former resident of Haines and Baker City, died Dec. 15, 2007, at Hope Village in Canby.
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His memorial service will be Saturday at the assisted living section of Hope Village in Canby. Graveside inurnment for both Edmund and his wife, Jean, will be later at the Haines Cemetery. Canby Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Edmund and his twin sister, Leona Jane, were born on July 10, 1917, at Cove. He grew up in Muddy Creek on a family farm. He graduated from Muddy Creek School. He attended the University of Idaho for 1 year. At the death of his father, he was called home to run the family farm.
He farmed until he got a job with the U.S. Forest Service in the summer of 1962. He worked for the Forest Service for seven years and later had his own general contracting business.
He met Jean Louise Taylor in 1941 at a PTA meeting. They were married on Nov. 8, 1942. They shared 63 wonderful years together. Jean died on July 18, 2006.
Edmund loved the mountains where he hunted, fished, hiked and photographed. He and Jean loved to travel in their motor home and toured much of the United States.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, a 4-H Leader and a member of the Haines Methodist Church and later the Methodist Church in Baker City. After moving to Woodburn, he was a member of the Methodist Church there.
Survivors include his four daughters, Sarajean Abel of Junction City, Patricia Kingman and her husband, Louis, of Wilsonville, Beverly Van Steinburg of Sutter, Calif., and Nancy Bradetich of Wilsonville; his son, Robert E. Brownell of Newberg; two sisters, Annabelle Leland of Fall City, Wash., and Wilma Bowers of Stanwood, Wash.; his cousin, Bert Vanderwall of Haines; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund A. and Leona Brownell Compton, and his twin sister, Leona Jane Griffin.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 20, 2007
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor