December 12, 2014
10:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 17, 2014
First Baptist Church
Beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 16, 2014
with family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
First Baptist Church
To the family in honor of Brooks
Wife: The late Betty Garden
Children: The late Donna Jean Garden
Shirley (Stan) Sneller – Pella
Betty (the late Richard) Landgrebe – Pella
Karen (Barry) Stout – Oskaloosa
Randy (Jackie) Garden – Oskaloosa
Sandy (Wayne) Exline -- Lovilla
October 12, 1924 - December 12, 2014
Brooks, as most people knew him, was born October 12, 1924, on a farm outside of Tracy, Iowa. He was the twin to Ralph born to Ralph and Ellen (Thomas) Garden. Brooks attended the Tracy Elementary School and was admitted to the Tracy High School on May 19, 1938. He entered the Army on March 19, 1943, and served as a T-5, Half Track driver in Europe during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW. While in the Army, he received The Good Conduct Medal, The American Theater Service Medal, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal.
On March 3, 1947, he married Betty Lou (Sage) at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. To this union six children were born: Donna Jean, Shirley Marie, Betty Ellen, Karen Sue, Randy Brooks, and Sandy Kay. Brooks spent his earlier life working in the coal mines and then, as his children were growing up, he traveled throughout Iowa working on road construction, running the heavy equipment. For several years he worked construction for Ed Prothero. In 1975 he and Betty retired and moved to Pella where they enjoyed fishing, babysitting for grandchildren, and gardening. Later, after Betty passed away, he took up mowing lawns and cutting wood for his famous wood burning stove where he and his dog Murphy would enjoy the warm heat in the summer and winter.
Brooks was a very special person and loved by all. He will truly be missed by his family and friends but never forgotten.
Those left to cherish him are: his children and their families; a sister-in-law, Arlene Garden of Charles City, Iowa; his very close friend Henry Black; several nieces and nephews and, of course, his best friend in the whole world his dog Murphy.
Preceding him in death are: his parents; his wife Betty and daughter Donna; son-in-law Richard Landgrebe; his brothers Bill, Barney, Ralph, and Jim; and sisters-in-law Cleola and Lil. Brooks was the last of his siblings.
Brooks' memory is honored by:
Shirley (Stan) Sneller of Pella, Iowa
Stephanie (Jeff) Lenderink
John (Lindsey) Lenderink
Tom (Taylor) Lenderink
Jeanette (Jim) Rankin
Jennifer (Jessup) Miller
Sue (Blain) DeHeer
Derrick (Kayleen) DeHeer
Tammy (Jeff) DeHeer Helle
Staci (Daron) Blanke
Betty (the late Richard) Landgrebe of Pella, Iowa
Jill (Peter) Bach
Colin and Anna Wright
Elliot, Ava, Simon Bach
Donita (Damon) Smith
Jackson, Maddox, Eli
Karen (Barry) Stout of Oskaloosa, Iowa
Tyson (Keri) Stout
Reona, Moriah, Tyson Jr.
Randy (Jaci) Garden of Oskaloosa, Iowa
Denise (Mark) Bower
Jonathan, Darian, Lauren, Luke
Betty Ann Garden
Sandy (Wayne) Exline of Lovilla, Iowa
Brandi (Harold) Manser
Justin (Jessica) Manser
Logan Sisler, Brooklynn
Chantel (Tim) White
Candi (Bruce) Van Donselaar
Calvin, Zach, Brittany, Ryan, Ethan, Jeana
Andrew (Devon) Garden