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Kenneth Leventon Brownell


1915 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Leventon Brownell Obituary
KENNETH BROWNELL On September 29, after living a fulfilled life of family, friends and fun, Kenneth Leventon Brownell closed his eyes to this world. He was born July 16, 1915 to Valos and Inez Brownell in Modesto, California. Proud of being a third-generation Californian, and their first-born son, Ken was raised on a farm in Escolon and learned at an early age to camp, hunt, fish and work the land. After the market crash in 1930, the family lost their farm. Ken and his father, along, with their team of horses, went to work at Spreckles Sugar in Manteca. He graduated from Manteca High School in 1933 and married his "best girl", Jessie E. Aitken on April 9, 1936. Mr. Brownell worked for Diamond Match from 1935 until 1963, ultimately becoming the New England Division Manager responsible for all stores and production in six states. In 1964, the Brownell's returned to Chico where he created Ken Brownell Realty, volunteered for the Chico Board of Realtors and served as Secretary, Treasurer and chair of the Grievance Committee. Church was important to Ken. He was a Deacon of the First Christian Church of Chico, served three terms on the Board of Elders, and 20 years on the Finance committee. A natural leader, he was President of the local Kiwanis Club, Vice Chair of the City of Chico Planning Commission, Little and Big Sir of the SIRS Branch 63 and the Salvation Army Advisory Board Treasurer. Mr. Brownell was predeceased by his parents, wife, brother Robert, sister Virginia and son, Kenneth R. Brownell. He is survived by brother, Valos Brownell, daughter, Eileen O. Brownell, daughter-in-law, Lila Brownell, grandchildren, Andrew Brownell, Emily Maynard, her husband, Joseph and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at First Christian Church, 295 E. Washington, Chico, CA 95926, at 11 a.m., October 24. Lunch immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the First Christian Church or Stonewall Alliance, c/o Newton-Bracewell. Share your thoughts online at NewtonBracewell.com
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Oct. 18, 2015
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