John “Jack” D. Brooks, age 82, of Clarion, Iowa, passed away Friday, July 20, 2007 at the USA Health Care Center in Clarion.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 23, 2007 at the Ewing Dugger Helgeson Funeral Home, 602 North Main Street, Clarion, Iowa, 50525, with Pastor Charles J. Carlsen officiating. Inurnment will take place in Graceland Cemetery, Rowan, Iowa. Military Rites will be provided by the Clarion American Legion and VFW.
A visitation will be held from 3-5 PM, Sunday, July 22, 2007 at the Ewing Dugger Helgeson Funeral Home, 602 North Main Street, Clarion, 50525, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.
John “Jack” Dale Brooks son of Edgar and Hazel (Whipple) Brooks was born on October 19, 1924 at Lake Cornelia, Iowa. He attended Plum Grove School north of Lake Cornelia, graduating from Clarion High School in 1942. He spent his childhood working on the Brooks family farm.
After graduation he enlisted in the Army and moved to San Francisco. He served in active duty and was honorably discharged. While in the service he met Gladys Hansen and the couple was united in marriage on March 15, 1943.
The couple moved to Eagle Grove, Iowa where Jack drove a taxi, They then moved to Clarion where he was employed by the Chicago Great Western as a car toad. While working for the Chicago Great Western he built his house on 4th. St. S.W. After that he was shop foreman for the Wright County Maintenance crew.
Jack enjoyed lawn care, landscaping and was an avid gardener. He also enjoyed fishing in Canada, hunting, playing yards, socializing with friends, watching crops and wildlife and hunting asparagus.
He was a member of the Holmes Christmas Club, VFW, and the Railroad Union.
Surviving Jack are sons, Kent (Linda) Brooks of Clarion, Krik (Margret) Brooks of Nashville, TN; daughter Kay (Charles) Carleson of Belleview, NE; grandchildren Kent (Stephanie), Nicole (special friend Brian), Kevin (Shari), Lori (Jon), Melissa (special friend Dan), Rodney (Shannon), Chris, Dustin (Bridget); brothers, Roger (Sunnie) Brooks, Alan (Chris) Brooks; sisters, Betty Robinson, Maxine Benson, Joan (Dean) Schroeder; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gladys in 1993; brothers, Robert, Bill, James; sisters, Charlene, and Patricia.
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