Dale Keith Brown
A Celebration of Life for Dale K. Brown will be held Saturday, September 21 @ 11:00am at Real Life Ministries, 1860 N Cecil Rd, Post Falls, ID
Dale Keith Brown was born to Stewart and Emma Brown of Colville, Washington on May 23rd, 1934. He passed away August 21, 2019, in Coeur d’Alene, ID. at 85 years of age. Dale is survived by his wife of 43 years, Lily Brown, a twin sister, Dorene Carnagey of Pendleton, OR, and children Kelly Brown, Shelly Stroisch, Keith Brown, 4 step-children and numerous grand-children, nieces and nephews.
Dale grew up in the logging industry, driving cat by the time he was 10 and working in the mill his parents owned at Kane Crossing by age 12. The mill was 4 miles out of Northport on the Columbia River. An eddy in the Columbia River served as the mill pond and twice he almost drowned when someone thought it would be funny to jump on the log he was walking on and start it spinning. God evidently had a bigger purpose for his life as he was spared both times and when he was hit head-on by a drunk driver and his neck was broken.
In 1959 Dale was drafted into the military where he flew helicopters. When he was getting ready to come home he was asked to fly one of the helicopters back to Spokane. At the last minute he traded with a man who wanted Dale to drive his car home instead. Soon Dale learned that fog had come down and the helicopters had crashed into the side of a mountain. Once more, Dales life had been spared.
He was not raised in a Christian home so it wasn’t until he was almost 40 years old that he heard the Gospel and responded to it. He made a profession of faith and was baptized at Baptist Temple in 1974, but his real growth came when he began attending Real Life Ministries in 2002 after leaving the life of a long-haul truck driver so was home where he could be in church on a regular basis.
He loved greeting people at the door and going to coffee with the men who meet on Tuesday mornings at McDonalds. He enjoyed talking flying, hunting and fishing or working in the garden. No matter where he lived, he soon knew everyone on the street and I’m always amazed how many people ask about Dale that I never knew he knew.
As Alzheimer’s ravaged his mind, he would still be moved when people talked about the things of the Lord. Even in the nursing home, when asked if he loved Jesus by one of his resident friends, big tears ran down his face as he shook his head “Yes.”
He was just a man who struggled with a lot of issues but was cheerful, kind and loved by those who knew him. He had a quick wit and made friends easily.
And now he is finally home. No more confusion. No more pain! To God be the glory!
Please make memorial contributions to Union Gospel Mission, 1224 E Trent Ave, Spokane, WA 99212. firstname.lastname@example.org
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