Wilbur W. Brooks, 80, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in Harlingen, Texas following a long battle with COPD. His wife, Nancy, was at his side.
Wilbur was born on Nov. 24, 1933, at home in Kincaid. Following graduation in 1951, Wilbur enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years. While in the service, he was stationed in many places including Japan, Philippines, and Thailand to name a few.
In 1958, he met and married Janice Pettigrew. They had two sons. They separated in 1962. Wilbur met Irene Rubino in New Jersey and they were married on Aug. 8, 1964. They had two daughters.
After retiring, they moved back to Kincaid, where he farmed and raised feeder pigs. Wilbur spent many years as a 4-H leader, worked on the Anderson County Fair Board, coached girls softball and was a lifetime member of the Kincaid Lodge No. 338. He worked at Klein Tools in Moran for 15 years.
Irene passed away in 1994. In 1995, he met and married Nancy Ward. They moved to Harlingen in 2002. Wilbur loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed traveling and loved to play cards with the grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Paul and Zella Adams Brooks, wife Irene and brother Willard.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister Maxine Dreher and husband Stanley of Iola; children Ward Paul Brooks and wife Carolyn of St. Joseph, Mo., Timothy Brooks and wife Melinda of Louisiana, Mo., daughter Sheila Dukes and husband Troy of Drakesboro, Ky., daughter Sharon Frazell and husband Craig of Kincaid; stepdaughter Monica Mikkelson and husband Keith of Macomb, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside services to be in Mildred will be announced later.
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