John J. Brooks

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John J. Brooks, 74, Seymour died Friday, Nov. 16.
He was born Sept. 24, 1938 in Seymour to the late Edward and Esther
(Helmbrecht) Brooks.
On May 1, 1965 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in North Vernon he married the former Sarah "Sally" K. Miller, and she survives.
Mr. Brooks was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. He was a 1956 graduate of Shields High School and a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in industrial economics. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served in Korea. He retired from Fidelity Federal as president and after that was self-employed.
Mr. Brooks was an important part of the Seymour Boys and Girls Club serving on the board from 1973 until 2006, and was a board member emeritus from 2007 until present time. He served as president of the board in 1975 and 1994. He received the Bronze Keystone Award from the Boys and Girls Club of America in 1988. In 2006 he received the Dr. Joseph Black Lifetime Achievement Award from the Seymour Boys and Girls Club. He was a Rotarian in the Seymour Rotary Club for many years and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
John believed in his community, as he always wanted Seymour to be a community where everyone would want to live and raise a family. He served on the Community Foundation of Jackson County for nine years. He served on several other various boards and committees and was named by the Chamber of Commerce the Seymour Citizen of the Year in 2000.
Other survivors include his children, Thomas "Tommy" Brooks, Elizabeth "Beth" (Steve) McTighe, and Susan "Suzi" (Jason) Brooks Stuckwisch; grandchildren Spencer, Ryan and Natalie McTighe and Ty and Liza Stuckwisch; and brothers Larry (Ann) Brooks, and David (Elsie) Brooks.
A funeral mass will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Seymour, with Father Dan Staublin officiating and Deacon Mike East assisting.
Following mass Voss Funeral Service will conducted a graveside service in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour.
Friends may call from 3 until 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Voss Chapel.
The family requests that memorials are given through the Voss Funeral Service to the Seymour Boys and Girls Club and St. Vincent De Paul.
Voss Funeral Service, Seymour, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Jackson County Banner from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23, 2012
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