Woodward, Okla. — Graveside services for Oren Mandel Brown, 91-year-old resident of Arnett, Okla., were held Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Shattuck Cemetery. He passed quietly away on Saturday, March 15, 2008.
Oren was born Feb. 13, 1917 on his grandparents homestead southwest of Arnett, to Rolf Oren Brown and Adeline Josephine Wayland. He was a member of the Teirce Chapel and Shattuck Methodist churches, also attending the Arnett Methodist church. He attended Allmon School and graduated from Shattuck High School in 1934.
Oren and Bonnie Louise Bouse were married on May 22, 1937 at the Brown Homestead. They were blessed to have five children. Oren and Bonnie started their married life in the oil fields of Tyler, Texas. They moved to a ranch in Kopperl, Texas and returned to Ellis County in 1940 to begin their dairy farm and ranching operations. Oren had one of the earliest Grade A Dairy farms in the area. He learned veterinarian skills from his father and was often called upon by his neighbors for assistance.
He was an active member of the Odd Fellow Lodge, Buffalo, Canton and Alva Encampment; member of the Ellis County Historical Society and The Storytellers Association of the Western Plains; member of various Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas Fiddlers Associations. He participated in and won awards in many fiddling contests. Oren was a respected musician and composer.
Oren learned to play the violin as a child and this love of music was a major part of his entire life. There were frequent jam sessions in the home and Oren participated in music events within a five-state area. He and his friends provided entertainment to the area nursing homes on a regular basis. He played in the State Capitol Senate chambers on several Bob Wills Day celebrations. Having a beautiful tenor voice, he participated in local quartets and church choirs where he was often called upon to sing solos.
A kind, generous, strong and hardworking man he loved and was loved by his family very much. He was an excellent role model whose influence reached well beyond his family. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Wilbur Clifford, Lynn Earl and Wilmer Albertice and three grandchildren and one step-granddaughter. He is survived by his five children: Mandel, Bobbie and wife Donna, Annabelle Buller and husband Jerry, Linda Fox and husband Franklin, all of Arnett and Reba Mitchell and husband H. C. (Bunny) of Olustee, Okla. Eight grandchildren: Debbie Rosson and husband Rusty, Sheila Born and husband Dave, James Brown, Stephanie McDonald, Jefferson Buller, wife Michelle, Diana Gilchrist and husband Shannon, Derrick Mitchell, Tiffany Almanza and Jonathan, five close step-grandchildren and families: Billy Wayne Maggard, Gene Karn and wife Lisa, Tracy Karn, Ricky Morressette and friend Heather, Jay Boyd and wife Callie. Seven great-grandchildren: Rachel Dunlap and husband J. D., Karissa and Jason Gilchrist, Braden and Jacie Buller and Jonathan and Jayden Almanza, Tyler and Tyson Thomas. Two great great-grandchildren: Jeremiah and Jayden Dunlap. Nephews: Earl Mac and Col. Marvin Brown and families; Nieces: Jo Ellyn Baker and Lois Ann Sterling and families; Peggy Allen, husband Robert Tad and Morgan. Many extended special family/friend members, especially John Knight of West Virginia and Doug Martin of Kansas. He leaves a host of relatives and friends nationwide.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 30, 2008, Methodist Church, Shattuck, Okla.
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