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John "Corky" Andrew Brewer

February 12, 1931 January 16, 2017
John "Corky" Andrew Brewer
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John “Corky” Andrew Brewer
Feb. 12, 1931-Jan. 16, 2017
Corky Brewer passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Jan. 16, 2017. He was 85 years of age.
Corky was born in the Port Orford area to Ulysses and Gladys Brewer. He was the middle child of three boys; with brothers being Samuel “Joe” and Don. He graduated from the Ophir high school in 1949 where he was captain of the basketball team for 2 years. He married his high school sweet heart, Joan Steien, on April 14, 1951. They were married for 57 years until her passing in 2008.
Corky enlisted in the United States Navy on Oct. 1, 1951. While serving his country he spent time on the USS MONTAGUE at Yokosuka, Japan. Corky was in Japan when his first son, John, was born. He was honorably discharged in July of 1954.
After leaving the Navy, Corky returned to the Ophir area and helped his brother Joe homestead a ranch. During this period two more children were born, Debra and Larry. While raising their family Corky and Joan bought a bar that had a few rooms in the Ophir area. They named it Corky’s Tavern. They eventually settled in Brookings where Corky worked for South Coast Lumber Company until he retired in 1993.
Corky continued to have a competitive spirit thorough out his life. He loved to bowl and often did, up until the bowling alley closed. He was also a lifetime member of the Kings Valley Golf Course. He had a steady group of friends that were always up for a good game.
Corky was a long time member of the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club. He was considered their Shoot Master! He took great pride in keeping everything in working order. He spent countless hours making handmade trophies. Each one was different and some examples were: clocks, lamps, shadow boxes, etc. He loved to go down on Sundays and meet with fellow club members for a cup of coffee. He was a member of Pacific International Trapshooting Association (P.I.T.A.) and loved to travel to the different shoots.
Corky was always making something in the garage, you asked for it-he made it! He wasn’t going to buy something that he could make for free! He was a wonderful brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather and best friend to many! He taught anyone who was lucky to be around him.
Corky was preceded in death by his parents Ulysses and Gladys, brother Joe (Doris), wife Joan, son Larry, son in law Mike Grogan, and grandson Joshua Lively.
He is survived by his son John (Carol), and daughter Debbie Lively-Grogan of Brookings. Grandchildren; Nicholas (Tanya) Davidson, Rachel (Collin) Cima, Nicole (Mike) Towle, and Larra Lively. Great grandchildren; Gavin and Logan Cima, and Jackson and Lucas Towle. Also surviving are his brother Don (Mary), and numerous nieces and nephews.
Corky was born on a holiday and died on a holiday. We will have a celebration of his life on his birthday February 12, 2017 at the Del Norte Rod and Gun Club located at 1000 Rowdy Creek Road, Smith River CA. They will hold a modified fun shoot at 10:00am with a potluck to follow at 1:00pm.
Contributions in Corky’s name can be made to: Del Norte Rod and Gun Club, P.O. Box 814, Crescent City, CA 95531.
Condolences may be expressed online at w.w.w.redwoodmemorial.net

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Sunday

12

Feb

10:00 AM 2/12/2017 10:00:00 AM
Del Norte Rod & Gun Club

1000 Rowdy Creek Road
Smith River, CA 95567

Modified fun shoot at 10 a.m. with a potluck to follow at 1 p.m.

Del Norte Rod & Gun Club
1000 Rowdy Creek Road Smith River 95567 CA
United States

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Del Norte Rod & Gun Club

P.O. Box 814
Crescent City, CA 95531
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