William "Bill" Everett Brookings, 92, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 18, at a local hospice facility.
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Cremation has taken place. A memorial service honoring his life is 12 noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at Croxford Funeral Home & Crematory, 1307 Central Avenue, Great Falls.
Bill was born on Nov. 21, 1920, to Walter and Clara Brookings, in South Dakota. He was one of eight children.
Bill joined the United States Coast Guard and while stationed in Astoria, Ore., he met and married Gladys "Mickie" Klausen, on Jan. 1, 1944. Together they bore three children and eventually moved to Great Falls.
Bill was a machinist at the Anaconda Company. He later became a real estate broker. He was active in the Cascade County Sheriff's Posse. He was always known as a great story teller and he authored two books. He also sculpted several bronzes.
He is survived by his daughter, Susie (Dan) Dailey of Great Falls; grandchildren, Julie (Randy) Brewer, Shawn (Reid) Barton, Josh (Katie) Kavulla of Wash., Jake Fagan and Kassie Fagan; son-in-law, Dave Fagan of Brady; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Kester of Wash.; and numberous neices and nephews who called him "Uncle Eddie".
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife; son, Billie; and daughter, Debbie Fagan; six of his siblings; parents; and several nieces and nephews.
He will be missed by his family and friends, but his colorful stories will live on in our hearts and memories forever.
The family is grateful for all the wonderful support given by the Cambridge Place gang and the angelic care given by Peace Hospice staff and volunteers.
Memorials may be made to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 6, 2013