November 22, 1936 - May 17, 2018
Dwayne Ardell Brood, age 81, of Phoenix, Oregon, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018.
Friends, business associates, and Red Barn auction patrons are invited to join the Brood family at a celebration of life potluck picnic for Dwayne on Sunday, June 17 at 1 p.m., at Colver Park in Phoenix (the park is one-fourth mile south of the First Street and Colver Road intersection).
Dwayne was born November 22, 1936 in Central Point, Oregon, the first of four children born to Raymond and Carol (Gere) Brood. With the exception of three months in Klamath Falls at the beginning of his professional career, Dwayne was a life-long resident of the Rogue Valley.
Dwayne married his bride of 57 years, Juanita Kolkow of Grants Pass, Oregon on April 9, 1961 at the Medford Friends Church. They raised four children, Randy, Rick, Rodney, and Renee, who attended school at Phoenix, and each had a role working in the family auction business. Nita managed the office.
Several years after high school, Dwayne traveled to Mason City, Iowa in pursuit of his dream to be an auctioneer. He achieved his credential of Graduate Auctioneer in 1957 from The Reisch School of Auctioneering and, after declining an offer from a large cattle operation in Colorado, he returned to the Rogue Valley to live out his career dream. Early on, Dwayne provided his professional services to several of the auctioneers in the Valley at that time; in 1964, he accepted an offer from Bill Rombach for a five-year lease of the Red Barn Auction business located on U.S. 99 at the north end of Phoenix. Dwayne and Nita subsequently bought that business in 1969 and established the Red Barn Auction at the current So. Pacific Highway location, conducting their first sale in September, and, where Dwayne rapped his gavel for the final time in December 2017.
Dwayne donated his time generously to a number of charity events and non-profit agencies; for 30 years, he called the annual youth camp scholarship fund auction for the Medford Friends Church where he participated as a youth.
During his school years and after graduation from Phoenix High in 1954, Dwayne developed a versatile set of work skills through a variety of jobs that helped shape his business acumen: starting with as a nine-year-old, picking wild blackberries to sell, and in junior high, managing a MT bicycle paper route. Before going to Reisch he was working full-time at the Timber Products mill in Medford. He also worked on the construction crew that built the north rim road at Crater Lake.
Dwayne's school activities included the track team and singing in the choir and a male quartet at PHS; and in junior high at Howard School, he played in the violin section of the orchestra.
We will miss him, not so much for all that he has done, but for who he is. Dwayne's children cherish the times when he would load them into the motor home for an excursion to the beach or camping and fishing at Hyatt Lake – Thanks, Dad! Remembering his hearty laugh and the witty comments used to urge bidders to get "off their paddles" and make a bid will always bring a smile.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Nita; a brother, Delmar; two sisters, Nadine and Marj; two sons, Randy and Rick (Erin); a daughter, Renee (Benny); five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all whom brought him much delight and who will miss him dearly. He is predeceased by his parents and a son, Rodney, who had been his business partner.