Richard Owen "Rich" Brown
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February 14, 1946 ~ January 8, 2012

Rich was born to Jean and Earl Brown in Breckenridge, MN. He met his future wife, Christy, the summer of 1963 where both graduated from Prosser (Washington) High School in 1964. He attended Central Washington University graduating with a BS degree in mathematics and a chemistry minor. After graduation, he, Christy and 2 of their 3 sons moved to Portland to begin his first job with Chipman Chemical. In 1977, along with their 3rd son, moved to Vancouver, WA. Rich was active in the community and coached baseball with Alcoa Little League and soccer with North Central. In 1990 they purchased a small deli at Town Plaza (Tower Mall) and named it Brown's Bistro. It became a very popular weekend Karaoke hangout for many of the local high school students. Rich loved playing bridge, gardening, reading and traveling. He and Christy cruised the Caribbean, visited Tahiti, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and went on an African safari in Zimbabwe. Rich is survived by his wife, Christy; sons, Kenneth, Garrett and Brian; five grandchildren-Sierra, Benjamin, Cameron, Alyson and Brandon; his mother, Jean; sister, Sherry; and brothers, Mike and Jeff. Please join his "Celebration of Life" on Saturday, January 21st, 2:00 p.m. at Club Meadows in Vancouver, WA.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 14, 2012.
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January 29, 2012
Chris, I just now heard about Rich. I am so sorry that he has to leave so soon. It broke my heart. Wish I knew this sooner. I will be thinking of you, Seirra & Ben and rest of your family. Hugs, Jacque Woodworth.
Jacque Woodworth
January 24, 2012

so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was way to young, same age that my husband passed. You are in my thought and prayers.

warmest regards
Vicki Hill Wendt
January 22, 2012

I am really sorry to hear about Rich's passing. David and Peggy just sent me an email letting me know. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that we are all thinking of you.

Warmest Regards
Tom Golden
Tom Golden
January 21, 2012
Chris, We are so sorry to hear about Rich. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
David and Peggy
David Archambault
January 21, 2012
Wishing you Strength & Courage to get thru this Difficult Time.
I have fond Memories of Growing up in the same Neighborhood with Rich and his Siblings!
Gail Mellor Blair & Jan Blair
January 21, 2012
Chris and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about Rich's passing he was an amazing man and we had such great times working together at Applied Research, Vinings and Fluid Logic. Rich was truly one of the most special people I have been blessed to know. He loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed. I put a wish in our wishing well you and he gave us for our wedding that you and your family may find comfort in knowing you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Cari Hastings-LaRue
Cari & Robert LaRue
January 21, 2012
I will always remember Rich for his sense of humor. The time in the library he set the table on fire because he could and the laughter from watching his face. With Rich there was always laughter. When we have all left this earth I hope we have another class reunion up there.
Christy, God is with you and I am sure that Rich will always be at your side.
Sharron (Wigger) Pitchford
January 20, 2012
Chris, Ken, Gary and Brian
I'm very sad to hear that Rich has passed on. There are so many good memories of our friendship, I wish we had stayed in contact through the years. Rich was one of the smartest and funniest people I've ever met. Rich and I solved most of the worlds problems on many a night. I will always remember him with a smile each time of think of him. Love and take care, all of you are in my prayers.
Rich Dye
January 20, 2012
I am sorry to hear of his passing, I was a co-worker of his and I will always remember his funny stories and jokes.
He was a great person.
Terry Fortenberry
January 19, 2012
Chris, so sorry to hear about Rich. I know what you are going through and if you need to talk or a shoulder to cry on just email me or you can find the phone listed under Donald Hall
Brenda Hall
January 19, 2012
Chris, Roger and I are very sorry to hear of Rich's passing. We have such great memories of him from years past. We will treasure them always. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts during this very difficult time.
~Roger and Colleen Allbee
January 18, 2012
Chris-So sorry to hear about Rich. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this time.
~Denise & Bill Martino
Denise Martino
January 18, 2012
So sorry for your loss. Don & Jeanie Aubrey
January 18, 2012
Chris - I'm so sorry to hear about Rich. My prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Kaye Prime
January 17, 2012
Chris and Family, So sorry to hear about Rich. I remember him from several HP gatherings and your talking of him, especially the dedication to the bistro. He was so nice and funny. The closeness and comfort of your family and friends will help you get through this difficult time. Take care Chris, I am thinking of you. Sincerely, Sandy Petta
January 17, 2012
Christy, sorry to hear about Richard. I have plenty of good memories about him when we were growing up. He had a good heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Francine (Ulmer) Hileman
January 16, 2012
Chris and family, we are so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Diane & Dirk Rodewald
January 15, 2012
Chris, I am so sorry to hear about Rich.
My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.
Marilyn Boyse
January 15, 2012
Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and your children and grandchildren. I will keep you all in my prayers. - Dee Brady
January 15, 2012
Sorry to hear about Rich. He and my brother Frank were great buddies in grade and High School
Jerry Brower
January 14, 2012
Chris, I was so sorry to hear about Rich. He was a great Dad, coach and friend. Please know that you are all in our prayers.
Sincerely, Neil and Jan Geis
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