Robert Frank "Bob" Brooks died peacefully at his home in Wausau, Wisconsin on October 30, 2015 at the age of sixty-three. Beloved husband of Ann for forty-one years, he was the loving father of Maggie (Scott) Highhouse, Samuel, Norah (Jason) Brown and Benjamin. Bob was an adored and adoring Papa to grandchildren Carmen, Cole, Baye, Owen and Willow Highhouse and Jackson, Julian, Annarose and Deacon Brown. He will be missed by his mother, Dorothy Brooks, father and mother-in-law Emil and Audrey Meitzner, siblings Steven (Nancy), Dennis (Carol), K.C. (Cindy) and Barbie (Tim) Grim, sister-in-law Jane Dolan and her husband, Brad Kennedy, and many other dear relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Wells Dudley Brooks, and his niece, Katie Kennedy.
Bob worked for nearly forty years at Marathon Savings Bank, often referred to as "Bob's Bank." He was devoted to his customers and co-workers, and passionately committed to giving back to the community.
Bob embraced us with his quiet devotion to his family. He was the rare human who never knew his own importance. Instead, he gave others the gift of that importance. Through giving, he became the keystone for lives, both inside and outside his family. Without him, those archways stand strong because he taught everyone he touched how to be that keystone. He taught with his kindness, his undivided attention and his patience. It can be hard to listen. Bob never showed it. We are all grateful, and enlightened. His courage in the face of ALS will inspire us always.
Per Bob's wishes, there will be no service. He asked that his friends and family gather in places that give them comfort, and talk about the good times.
In lieu of flowers, his family will make donations to local charities that Bob supported.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Bob's close friend and doctor Vicky Baker and to Aspirus comfort Care and Hospice Service.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
Published by Wausau Daily Herald on Nov. 3, 2015.