FERRON-Archie "Ray" Brown, 75, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 at his home. He was born March 15, 1933 in Provo, Utah the eldest of eight children born to Archie Clayton and Emily Ellander Keeler Brown. He married Betty Jean Shomaker on April 11, 1957.
Ray grew up in Orem, Utah, and learned the value of hard work at a young age, by working on the family peach orchard. He attended Lincoln High School in Orem and later attended Utah Technical College in Provo where he studied electrical automotive. Ray joined the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean Conflict, he achieved the rank of Lt. Commander for his Naval research. He owned and operated his own small engine repair shop in Ferron for several years, and was able to fix almost anything.
Ray loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, be it around town, in the mountains or in his younger years across the country. He also enjoyed looking for arrowheads, learning more about the Native American heritage, and was a huge fan of Waylon Jennings, and the late John Wayne. Most of all he will be remembered as a loving man who would do anything for others. He loved his daughter, Vicki and her family, and will be greatly missed by them.
He is survived by his children; Vicki (Walter) Roed of Loveland, Colo., Joseph and Samuel Brown of Mapleton, Utah; sisters, Ellen (Jim) Wisheart of Tooele, Utah, Bertha (Louis) Ellis of Pleasant Grove, Utah; sisters-in-law, Judy Brown of Pleasant Grove, Utah and Mavis Brown of American Fork, Utah; two grandchildren, Tommy and Kelly Thompson of Loveland, Colo., and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Brandon Lohrmann, also of Loveland, Colo..
He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sons, Ray and Billy Brown, infant son, Rusty Brown, brothers, Lee, Kent, Rex and Reed Brown, and sister, Beth Kearns.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 at the Millsite Ward LDS Chapel in Ferron, 35 West 200 North. A viewing will be Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 beginning at 1 p.m. prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Ferron City Cemetery. Services are in the care of Fausett Mortuary.