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Raymond Arvey Brown
February 04, 1925 - January 04, 2015
Raymond Arvey Brown of Milwaukie, passed away Jan. 4, 2015. He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Portland, to Benjamin and Alberta Brown. Ray was a fascinating man with many experiences and interests. He truly embodied what Tom Brokaw referred to as "The Greatest Generation." Ray lost his mother when he was just an infant and later at the age of 16, his father passed away. In 1942, during WWII and at the ripe age of 17, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a corpsman that served with the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific. He was on one of the first ships entering the port of Nagasaki after the second atomic bomb. Raymond achieved the rank of PHM2 in the Navy.
After the war, Ray went to work for the Portland Police Bureau and at the urging of his partner, joined the U.S. Army Reserve for some extra income. As Ray's luck would have it, in 1950 during the Korean War, he was called for active duty. As a result of his police training, he was able to serve stateside within the Army's CID in Oakland, Calif at the rank of Sergeant.
Upon his discharge in 1952, Ray continued to work for the Portland Police Bureau, where he served for nearly 30 years. While Ray loved his job as a policeman and detective, he also loved the outdoors and passed along to his son, Tom, his love and skills for hunting and fishing. Ray also had an artistic flair and enjoyed painting, leatherwork, woodworking, building model ships, airplanes and cars.
More than anything, Ray loved and valued his family. He was always proud of his family and enjoyed spending time teaching and sharing with them his knowledge and experiences. Ray loved and held great compassion for all people.
Ray is survived by his wife, Ruth Korvola; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Donna Brown; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ray Spry; stepdaughter, Jenny Martin; stepsons, Eric, Mike and Dan Martin; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Marie; brothers, Ben and Clem; and stepson, William Martin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Portland Police Historical Society and Museum, 1111 S.W. Second Ave., Portland, OR 97204, 503-823-0019.
Published by The Oregonian from Jan. 9 to Jan. 11, 2015.
Raymond was buried in Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
The above information includes details which were online here at the time of posting.
Cemetery details are per the Veteran's gravesite locator here.