Milo ‘Mike’ Putnam

Milo D. “Mike” Putnam, 80, of Brownsville died April 28, 2009.

He was born Nov. 25, 1928 in Gothenburg, Neb., to Frank A. and Minnie M. (Carey) Putnam.

Mr. Putnam moved to Blackfoot, Idaho, where he met his wife Ella Norine Herrick. They married Aug. 24, 1950. In 1952 they moved to Oregon. They lived in many places around Oregon, including Portland. They moved to Brownsville in 1968 and have lived there ever since.

Mr. Putnam was a member of the Cement Masons Local 555. He enjoyed working on many buildings and bridges in and around the Portland and greater Oregon area.

He also traveled to and worked around Alaska, including Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. His son Frank traveled with him to work in Fairbanks. They had quite an adventure, including driving to Prince George B.C. and taking the ferry to Skagway and then on to Fairbanks.

Mr. Putnam often reflected on those many jobs and was very proud of the accomplishments.He loved to fish at Green Peter and Foster lakes. He liked to barbecue and it’s been said he had the best barbecued chicken in the land.

He also enjoyed camping, first with his children and then, in later years with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Putnam is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norine Putnam; his son Frank and daughter-in-law Pamela Putnam; daughter Deanna Ray; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including Sharon and Dave Lite.

A memorial luncheon will be held at 3:30 p.m. on May 9 at the Brownsville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1111 Main St., Brownsville.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.