Brooks Russell Thomas Brooks, 84, passed away Wednesday June 4, 2014 in the presence of his family, after an extended illness. He served his country in the U.S. Navy until his honorable discharge in 1950. Russ's career as a wholesale grocery Salesman spanned over 40 years, first for Midland Grocery Company and then with J.M. Sealts Co., until his retirement. In retirement, he loved wood working, and helping others, as well as keeping up with friends and family, joking he didn't know how he found time to work. Russ was well known for his great sense of humor, an outgoing personality, and most importantly, his compassionate spirit. Russ was preceded in death by his loving wife, of 63 years, Janice and their son Scott. He is survived by his children, Connie (Ken) Smith, Mike Brooks, Julie (Daniel) Sherrer; daughter-in-law, Kim Brooks; five grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Russ spent the last 8 months living in Westerville, OH, near family, at Heartland-Uptown Westerville, making friends, helping others, and keeping busy with numerous activities. Russ had become quite the Bingo Shark. The family would like to extend a sincere and grateful thank you to these kind, compassionate, and caring medical professionals. The magnitude of their caretaking and warmth can never by repaid. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Russ's memory to Heartland Hospice, (www.heartlandhospicefund.org) or The
, (www.alz.org). A private service will be held for immediate family only but they ask that you feel free to share your memories and condolences with the family at www.shaw-davis.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 7, 2014