Bob L. Brooks (1919 - 2013)

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Bob L. Brooks

March 15, 1919 - July 3, 2013

Bob L. Brooks, age 94, went to the Lord on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Willson House in Salem, Oregon.

He was born March 15, 1919, in Colony, Kansas. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Salem, Oregon for over 50 years.

He married Ina A. Lord on October 6, 1940, who was the love of his life.

Prior to entering the US Army in 1942, he was a high school teacher. During the war he served as a demolition expert, defusing mines and booby traps, with the US 6th Army Engineering Corp. He was part of Operation Torch in northern Africa and Operation Anvil in Sicily, working their way up the entire peninsula of Italy. He was one of only two members from his original unit to survive the war.

After the war he studied at Kansas University and received his degree in pharmacy. In 1952, he moved his family to Salem, Oregon. Soon after he arrived he was hired to become the Head of Pharmacy at Salem Memorial Hospital. As Director of Pharmacies, Bob built the department from one to more than 70 employees. There for more than 30 years, he was honored nationally for his innovations in hospital pharmacy.

He was active in volunteer work with his church, in his community, and through many organizations, including the Sertoma Club. He was known for his integrity and his word was his bond.

He was preceded in death by Ina, his wife of 65 years. He leaves behind two sons, Roger Brooks and Robert Brooks of Salem, Oregon, a daughter, Kathy Savard of Grants Pass, Oregon, one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned at First Christian Church in Salem, Oregon on Wednesday, August 7 at 1pm, 2013. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Willson House, United Methodist Retirement Center.

Published in StatesmanJournal on July 21, 2013
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