A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church, with Msgr. Jeffrey D. Burrill and Deacon Rich Zeitlow officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Plover – Shuda Funeral Home in Plover from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and at the church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14. The Knights of Columbus of Stevens Point, of which he was a member, will lead a rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. An American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered online at www.ploverfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Brooks was born March 7, 1928, in the town of Plover, a son of William and Ona (Cater) Brooks. He attended Isherwood School and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1947.
He entered the U.S. Air Force Dec. 20, 1948. He was stationed in Japan during the Korean War, and was discharged as a staff sergeant Sept. 2, 1952.
He attended Coyne Electronic School in Chicago, graduating in 1953.
He was married to Margaret Lebrick May 11, 1954, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Stevens Point.
The couple moved to Tomah in 1956, and he managed a television and radio shop there until 1960.
The couple moved to Plover and he began his career at Montgomery Ward in Stevens Point, servicing the store’s merchandise until the store closed in 1982.
He then began working for St. Michael’s Hospital as a maintenance mechanic in the hospital’s Building and Grounds department until his retirement in 1995.
He was a fourth degree member of the Knight of Columbus, an active parishioner and usher at St. Bronislava Church and a Eucharistic minister. He was a former service officer for American Legion Post 543 of Plover.
He helped organize the Plover-Whiting Little League baseball program and girls softball, and was active in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and the Horseman’s Club.
Survivors include his wife; four sons, Kevin (Donna), Keith (Joanna) and Kraig (Roxan), all of Plover, and Kent (Karen), Oconomowoc; two daughters, Krystal (Richard) Ferg, Rosholt and Karol (Bruce) Stroik, Rosendale; his twin sister, Jane Wherritt, Plover; two other sisters, Arvilla Wentworth, Beloit, and Eunice (Florian) Lasecki, Stevens Point; four brothers, Robert, Rudolph, Donald (Lynn), Wisconsin Rapids, Dale (Diana), Beloit, and Rhody (Charlotte), EL Cajon, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.