June 21, 1938 – July 20, 2020
Myron Kenneth Brown, “Ken” to all, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2020 at home in Creston BC. He was born on June 21, 1938 to Gladys and Cliff Brown in Eston, Sask, their third child.
He, his brother Larry and his sister Marlene grew up working on their family farm and attending Greenan School before the family relocated to Erickson, and there he completed his schooling, fished, and played hockey in the winters, while continuing to return to Saskatchewan to work on the family farm in the summers.
He and his brother Larry attended college and took various jobs in Calgary, where he met his first wife Iris, and together they had 3 children before separating.
He drove taxi and worked in warehouses while studying the welding trade before finding steady work in Brooks, AB at Lakeside Feedlot, where he moved his young family.
Returning home to Erickson often, he courted Mae Chadwick of Creston whom he met in high school, and she soon joined him in Brooks.
He lead the metal shop at Lakeside Feeders for some 10 years before taking his rig on the road, working as a portable pressure welder, which he would continue to do until he retired.
Working on many of the largest oil and gas projects in western Canada as well as most of the smaller stations around southern BC and Alberta, he received many awards and gained widespread recognition as one of the most qualified and capable welders in Canada.
In 1988 he and Mae returned to the Creston Valley to care for their aging parents while continuing to work in the oil and gas industry, and developed a home, workshop and acreage in Alice Siding with Mae.
Ken continued to weld in the area well into his late 70s, and many pieces of infrastructure in the Kootenays bear his handiwork. He was an active and beloved member of the Wyndell Church, and took great pride in helping others with his knowledge and experience, routinely volunteering and contributing to the growth and success of the church and its congregation.
Ken was predeceased by his parents Cliff and Gladys and sister Marlene, and is survived by his older brother Larry (Julie), his wife Mae, and his children Ken (Anita), Wes (Monica), Constance, Sandy (Richard), Garett (Michelle), many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and extended family.
The family would like to thank the staff at Creston Hospital for their compassionate care and notably the palliative care support staff, Dr. Oberleitner, the Dortman family, Alison Kepke, and all of his friends and community members who have been there through this difficult time.
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