Iven Merrion Brown, a longtime resident of the Colville and Kettle Falls area, passed away on April 14, 2014 at the age of 80. Iven was born on September 29, 1933 near Kettle Falls, the son of Boone B. and Edna Eunice Margaret (House) Brown.
Iven was born close to Haagâ€™s Cove and grew up on the family farm in Inchelium. He helped on the farm while attending school. There he made many life-long friends including his first wife of 37-years, Lenora Catlow.
Following high school, Iven began a lifelong career in the timber industry working in the woods and mills for Columbia Mill, Avey Brothers Lumber, Tripp Construction and Arden Lumber Mill. Iven retired from Vaagen Bros. Lumber Company.
Lenora preceded him in death on November 16, 1989. He later met and married Randy-Gay King and they have since resided in the Kettle Falls area.
Ivenâ€™s favorite sport was hunting, and he spent many hours with family and friends on White Mountain and Barnaby Butte hunting from â€śMile to More Ridgeâ€ť. He also had a passion for picking huckleberries. He shared his huckleberry passion with Randy-Gay and together they picked over 44 gallons one summer, which helped them to purchase a new stove. Randy introduced Iven to Lattes and he would stop at Ritzes every chance he would get. Iven was a hard worker and he often shared stories of loading boxcars of lumber by hand.
Iven, also known as â€śDadâ€ť, â€śPapa Ivenâ€ť, â€śGrandpaâ€ť and â€śHusbandâ€ť, left the bounds of the earth to join his first wife, Lenora; parents, Boone and Edna; his hunting pal, Rudy, friend, Cecil, and four-legged companion, Tipper, and all those who have departed before him. With hope, they are playing pinochle, telling hunting stories and eating huckleberry pie.
Iven will be greatly missed by his wife, Randy; children, Susan Stevenson, Kay Long and husband, Mark, Iven Brown Jr. and partner, Deb; grandchildren, Shannon Antione and husband, Jerry, Shelbea Boggs and partner, Mick, Dale Borders Jr., Patrick Brown and wife, Kylee, Jillian Smith and husband, Jeff; great grandchildren, Ceirra, Lakota, Shawnee Mae, Codie, Christopher, Cameron, Boone, Joely, Kailey, Rachel, Matthew; step-son, Casey King; his cousins; the â€śCatlow Girlsâ€ť; his many nieces and nephews whom lovingly named him â€śUncle Livenâ€ť and his faithful canine pal, Missy.
A heartfelt thanks goes to Dr. Barry Bacon, Nurse Terrie Taylor, Dr. Canto, Nurse Sue, Dr. Matthew Kaiser, Nurse Joannie, Nurse Char, Dr. Artzis, the special people at Mt. Carmel Hospital and Hospice, the galâ€™s at Ritzes Coffee Shop and all his friends from Inchelium to Kettle Falls and Colville. You made his life and ours much betterâ€¦ thank you!
A memorial gathering and potluck for Mr. Iven M. Brown will begin at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at the Eagleâ€™s Lodge in Colville. A private ash committal will be held at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of oneâ€™s choice. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.