Age 69, of Oregonia, OH passed peacefully July 7, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Born April 24, 1948 in Dayton, OH, Brooks was the son of Jack F. and Ruth Evelyn (Harn) Bowles. Brooks graduated from Colonel White High School in 1968, attended Sinclair Community College, and worked for General Motors as a maintenance painter, and then a Journeyman painter. Brooks left the factory to enjoy being a self-employed owner/operator of two businesses for over 20 years: B & J Painting Services, interior and exterior residential house painting; and the Marigold Farm, raising and selling homegrown fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, and later adding greenhouses to sell vegetable and bedding plants. In 1989, Brooks went to work for the Otterbein Home Retirement Community as a residential painter, and then Paint Supervisor, and retired in 2008. Brooks was a very personable and hard-working man, who was extremely creative and loved working with his hands. He was humorous and he was a character. Brooks left an impression with everyone who met him. He loved farming and gardening, Ohio State football, good times with family and friends, and most of all, he loved music. Preceded in death by his parents, Brooks leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years Jo Ann (Dauby) Bowles; son, Bradley Bowles of Middletown, OH; daughter Sheryl Bannister and her husband Richard of Dublin, OH; sister Chery Supinger and her husband John of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren, Brianna, Alyssa, Brooke, and Jared Bowles, and Jacqueline and Audrey Bannister; and many other family members and friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oregonia United Methodist Church, 1444 Race St., Oregonia, OH 45054 with a reception and celebration of life immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Brooks' name to Kettering Cancer Center, 3700 Southern Blvd., Kettering, OH 45429 or to Hospice of Dayton
, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. The family would like to thank both organizations for their wonderful care.