Charles (Charlie) M. Brown, 72, of Libby, died on Feb. 11, 2005, at the Veterans¹ Hosptal in Spokane.
He was born on Feb. 29, 1932, at Andersson, S.C., to Gene and Georgia Brown.
After graduating from high school, Charlie entered the U.S. Air Force, serving as a mechanic at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
There he met Dorothy, who was also in the Air Force, serving as a truck driver.
Charlie and Dorothy were married on Oct. 30, 1955, in the church parking lot at Leaksville, Miss., seated in the front seat of their Ford.
Together they shared their lives and careers with the Air Force.
Their daughter Cherry was born at Valparaiso, Fla., in 1957.
After their tour at Ernest Harmon AFB in Newfoundland they were stationed at Forbes AFB, where son Charles Jr. was born in 1960.
After extensive traveling throughout the United States and a final tour of 44 months at Anderson AFB in Guam, the family returned to Fairchild AFB to process for retirement.
They moved to Libby, where Charlie worked as a full-time custodian at Asa Wood School, retiring on his birthday in 1996.
Charles loved fishing, traveling and his family, but his wife of almost 50 years was his greatest love. He will be dearly missed.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Ruth Herring and Jackie York.
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy, Libby; daughter Cherry and her husband Steve Voss; son Charles Jr. sister Evelyn Williamson, Anderson; grandchildren Michael Usher Jr., Benjamin Usher, Talisha Ross, Matthew Brown and Anthony Brown, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie served his country in life, and his final request was that his body be donated to Science Care so that he would continue to serve his country after death, that others might have a better chance at life.