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01/23/1947 — 01/14/2010
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in New York, NY
Charles 'Charlie' A. Brown
January 23, 1947 - January 14, 2010
Charles Brown, longtime Kennewick resident, passed away suddenly while out jogging on January, 14, 2010.
Charlie was an adventurer. He loved running, biking, sailing, skiing, and hiking. He was also a highly respected engineer and had a passion for boat building.
Charlie settled in Kennewick in the mid 1970's after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union in New York City and receiving his Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Charlie started his family with his first wife, Jo Ann Lindberg of Pasco. Jo Ann's untimely death in 1991 left Charlie a single parent to their two children, Ian Brown and Katherine Brown.
Ian Brown currently resides in Seattle and Katherine Brown and her daughter Kenley Ann Ramey currently resides in Tacoma.
Charlie is also survived by his mother, Grace Brown of Kennewick; his sister and brother-in-law Grace and Tom Bloomfield of Derry, N.H.; his sister and brother-in-law Janice and Tom Moerschel of Spokane.
At the time of his death Charlie, was engaged to be married to Elizabeth A. Howland of Bellevue, WA. Charlie and Liz loved to hike, jog, sail, travel, and share time with friends.
Professionally, Charlie held engineering positions in the Tri-Cities with Exxon, Siemens, and Areva. He also had worked for Boeing in Seattle and Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA.
At the time of his death, he was about to retire to begin a new chapter of his life with Liz and complete the building of his dream sailboat, a 32-foot trimaran.
We want to thank all of you for the nice service. It seemed right for Charlie. We both worked with Charlie. We shared some hiking and kayacking and dancing and not enough of any of them. We remember JoAnn as a special lady and friend and know we would have felt the same about Liz. It was good to see Ian and Katherine. We were remembering after we left the service of how we did our first triathalon with Charlie and how he had watched Donna Deverona videos to get ready for the swim….we had a lot of laughs over silly things like that. Life is too short but maybe only part of the journey.
Mary and George