Mr. Brooks was born Sept. 24, 1923, in Zanesville, Ohio, a son of the late Clark and Emma (Aber) Brooks.
He served with Lima Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines during World War II. He participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal-Solomon Islands, where he earned the Purple Heart; and in the Battle of Cape Gloucester, New Guinea.
He graduated from Marietta College in Marietta.
He was married to Dorothy Dennis.
They moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where he worked as a sales representative for Black and Grant Wholesale Dry Goods Co. In 1961 the family moved to Stevens Point. He worked for Medick-Barrows Co. and later for Hartcraft Frame Co. in Hartford, selling to photography studios in Wisconsin and the surrounding states.
He played tennis in his younger years, later played golf.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of The Purple Heart, the First Marine Division Association, St. Thomas Parish in Waterford and formerly of St. Joseph Parish in Stevens Point.
In retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Florida, then several years in Boulder City, Nev., before returning to Wisconsin in 2003.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Patricia (Mike) Gaska, Rothschild, and Cynthia (Timothy) Boudreau, Wausau; five sons, David (Yayoi), Marathon, Thomas and Gregory, both of Stevens Point, Anthony (Cynthia), Waterford, and Martin, Milwaukee; one sister, Sister Raymunda Brooks OP, Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Gerald.