Middlebrooke, 92, of Houston, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in a Houston hospital.
He was born June 5, 1920, in Los Angeles, California.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrey J. of Houston; two sons, David S. Middlebrooke (wife Mary) of Carson City, Nevada, and Michael G. Middlebrooke (wife Helen) of Toto, Guam; three daughters, Patricia J. Compton of Kailua, Hawaii, Kathy M. Milner (husband John) of Bay City, Texas, and Karen M. Brooks of Houston, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
He graduated from South Gate High School in South Gate, California, in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 as a navigation instructor. He married Audrey J. Fluegel in June 1946. He was employed by Baker Oil Tools (now Baker Hughes) from 1946 to 1986. He started as an engineering department clerk in Los Angeles, California. He moved his family to Houston in 1965 and worked in international marketing, capping his long career with Baker as plant developer and manager of tool manufacturing in Maracaibo, Venezuela, from 1983 to 1986.
During his retirement years, he enjoyed traveling with Audrey either by themselves or in the company of their longtime friends Al and Ruth Grace. He also enjoyed reading, playing bridge, solving crossword puzzles, and playing computer solitaire.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Road, Houston, TX 77024.
Friends may honor his memory by donating to the
Published in Houston Chronicle on Sept. 26, 2012