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G. Richard Brooksbank

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PEKIN - G. Richard "Dick" Brooksbank, 86, of Pekin passed away at 8:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Peoria.

He was born Sept. 28, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to Howard and Helen Brooksbank. He married Mildred "Millie" Bury in 1992 in Peoria. She survives.

He also is survived by his sister, Mary Denny Neul of Louisville, Ky.; eight nieces and nephews; as well as five great-nieces and great-nephews.

His brother, Howard Carl, preceded him in death.

He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., attended Bradley University and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and took part in the occupation of Japan.

After his service in the war, he returned to Peoria to work in his family's business, World Drug Stores. An accomplished chef and entrepreneur, he entered the restaurant business and opened the Pine Cupboard.

He was an avid outdoorsman, artistic, an accomplished photographer and spent many years participating in national and local politics.

He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in East Peoria and a lifetime member of the East Peoria American Legion Post 983.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in East Peoria. The Rev. Kurt Mews will officiate. Military rites will follow the services at the church. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church. Burial will be in Joel Hall Cemetery in Athens, Ill.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church or to the .

Please view Dick's obituary online at

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Aug. 15, 2013
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