Our loving Father, Rolland Allan Brown, 88, of Lacey, Wash., passed away March 9, 2012, at St. Peter Hospital, Lacey, with family by his side, leaving behind his beloved wife Shirley of 26 years.

In 1944 Rolland married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Iverson. Being married 36 years and having six children, Harold (Phyllis) Onalaska, Jeff (Sheila) Centralia, Bruce (Jackie) Eagle Point, Oreg., Barry (Terri) Ft. Collins, Colo., Becky (Dick) Core, Randle, and Tammy (Greg) Aragon, Selah, Wash. After Mary Ellen passed, he then was blessed with love again, and married Shirley Betts, who has three children;  Clyde Betts, North Carolina, Ted Betts, (Sheila) Camino Island, and Sherry McBryer, Gig Harbor. He also leaves behind 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren, plus many additional family and friends.

Born June 3, 1923, in Grants, N.M., he then moved to Dodge City, Kan., and then moving to Centralia around 1935. He attended Centralia High School, choosing to enlist in the Army Air Corps, the day after Pearl Harbor, serving in Africa, Italy, and Egypt, in the 98th Bombardment Group.

Rolland went to carpenter school, and loved building churches, homes, and the old Grandstand at the W.P. High School. He did ranching and farming in Colorado and then returned to Washington, where he continued his carpentry work. He then worked for the State Hwy. Dept. and then retired.

He and his wife spent many winters in Arizona with friends. His passion in life was the love of his family, and he enjoyed having them all around. Other interests include, square dancing, country music, and playing his many musical instruments, also loving horses and the many trail rides he took, in the mountains, picking berries and eating many huckleberries.

He was loved by many, and will be missed by all, especially by his family.

Memorial Services for Rolland will be in Packwood at the Foursquare Church, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 A.M.