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Raymond Lavern "Ray" Brooks

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Raymond Lavern "Ray" Brooks, a resident of Alamogordo and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-great-grandfather and friend to many, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. He was 79.
He was born an only and cherished child to Cletis and Ruth Brooks in Holdrege, Neb., where he attended school and joined the U.S. Army, serving in Panama.
Upon completion of his military service, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He retired from his last employment with Texas Instruments in Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Terry King, of Largo, Fla.
He is survived by his wife, Lyn Brooks; his children Michael Brooks, of Omaha, Neb., Mark Brooks, of Centennial, Colo., and Beath Weaver, of Springs, Texas; stepchildren Alex Stone, of Winter Park, Fla., Mark Wyatt, of Frenchburg, Ky., Steve Wyatt, of Versailles, Ky., Roxanne Richardson, of Alamogordo, and Heather Richardson, of Richmond, Ky.; as well as 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren who will cherish fond and loving memories of him.
Ray lived a long and varied life with multiple interests and skills. He was a skilled craftsman who loved to build and fly model airplanes. He had a passion for anything that had to do with a computer or camera, and he loved creating video montages of vacations and family on the computer.
His wife, Lyn Brooks, will remember his caring, kind and humorous disposition. Her children will always be grateful to Ray for his generous care and love for their mother.
"The first year of marriage was devoted to traveling and getting to know each other's children," Lyn said. "Recently, we devoted our time and energy to delivering Meals on Wheels for the Alamo Senior Center, which was a way for us to give back for our many blessings and good fortune. I think Ray would sum up his life by saying, 'I traveled each and every highway with wonderful companions and entertained others along the way.'"
A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Greenwood Lane in Alamogordo by the Rev. Harry Riser on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at 10 a.m. From there, his remains and those of Delores, his first wife and mother of his children, will rest together in McKinney, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any remembrance and memorials be sent to the .
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 8 to Sept. 7, 2012
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