With family by his side at the age of 96, Bus Brown passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He was born February 16, 1921, the son of Wallace and Flora Brown in the home of his grandparents Stephen and Myrtle Collicott. He grew up in Woodinville with his younger brother Ben (Bud). They went to Woodinville and Bothell schools and were early members of Woodinville Methodist Church. Bus drove a school bus in early days and Ida May Erickson from Cottage Lake was his favorite passenger. They married August 25, 1945, and were devoted to each other for 72 years. Daughter Gail came along April 29, 1949. Son Eric was born July 18, 1952. Four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren blessed their lives.
Bus loved farm life and worked for his grandfather Jesse Brown at his well-known Woodinville dairy. Bus and Ida May eventually bought the dairy and cows, but in 1959, the State took 30 acres to build a road that split the farm property in two. The dairy cows were sold to Merle Schenk and Bus became a beef farmer. Bus also delivered lumber for Saginaw Timber Products, and he delivered firewood and shavings to families with his own dump truck. He was chairman of the cemetery board and worked with early Lions Club recycling.
Bus lived a very full life. He was loyal, honest, humble, and generous. Though naturally quiet, he modeled and expected the many kids in his life to work hard and do their best. His close family and lifelong friends were important to him. If he could fulfill a need and help someone, Bus would do it. Friends became “family.” Besides being with family, he enjoyed hunting ducks and pheasants, making hay, taking care of farm equipment, and working in the garden. Sox was his favorite horse, and several bird dogs added joy every day. He attended auctions and hauled cattle with Bert Hardan for several years. He also mentored his young friend Ted Russell as he raised and auctioned cattle. Lake Chelan vacations brought the family together each summer and this tradition will continue. Everyone will miss Papa Bus.
Bus is survived by Ida May, now living in Oak Harbor; daughter Gail Stewart (Rick) in Oak Harbor; son Eric Brown of Bellingham; grandchildren Jake (Tanya) Stewart with Connor, Cassidy and Cole of Kamas, Utah; Matthew (Zena) Brown with Ellie and Jack in Allentown, Penn.; Kelly (Kelly) Stewart with Cori, Juliana, and Toby in Albion, Wash.; Lisa (Eric) Sieberson with Audrey and Maya in Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Woodinville Methodist Church, 17110 140th Ave. NE, Woodinville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Red Cross or another organization for disaster relief.