Share |

Wilbur Brooks

mugshot

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.

OBITUARIES

Mable Van Dam

thumb

Mable Irene Rook Van Dam, 84, Topeka, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016. She was born June 16, 1932, in Colony, the daughter of Claude and Ada (Hensley) Rook. She grew up in Iola, and finished her schooling there and Allen County Junior College.  She married Donald Van... [More]

Shirley Reed

thumb

Shirley M. Reed, 80, Swink, Colo., mother of Stephen Reed, Mildred, died Monday, June 27, 2016, at her home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett, with burial to follow in the Garnett Cemetery. Memorial contributions... [More]

Dixie Vincent

thumb

Dixie Lee (Shultz) Vincent, 73, Chanute, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 in Houston, Texas. Dixie was born on April 9, 1943 in Chanute, the daughter of George and Clara (Ogden) Shultz. In 1962 she married John Vincent. John preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1999. Dixie... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

Hunting, bonding

thumb

(Editor’s note: Brandon Wilmoth, Wellington, wrote this article about his son’s first turkey kill. The Wilmoths have several relatives in the Iola area.) My 5-year-old-son, Platt, and I have developed our father/son bond in many ways, but I most cherish the moments... [More]

Budding musicians

thumb

As the summer starts, Iola band students don’t stop practice.  Students entering middle school and wanting to learn an instrument are welcome to take lessons. Many students already enrolled in band are attending practices to better prepare themselves for the year... [More]

Elks plan July 4 show

thumb

The Iola Elks will once again cap Independence Day with a fireworks extravaganza Monday. But folks needn’t wait until dusk to show up for the fun. That starts much earlier. The gates to Elks Lake open at 7:30 a.m. for registration for the annual Ed Hendrix Fishing Derby.... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

Indians shine with former MLB star in attendance

thumb

The Post 15 Indians had a chance to show off their skills on the diamond in front of a former Major League Baseball Gold Glover and Silver Slugger on Thursday against Fort Scott at Riverside Park. They rose to the occasion. With the recently retired Adam LaRoche in attendance... [More]

Veteran Iola swimmers help younger ones flourish

thumb

Seahorse coach Chelsea Lea is pleased with how her team has improved since its season began just under a month ago. “I’ve been really impressed,” Lea said. “Each meet our swimmers have improved (his or her) times by (a team-average of) 3 seconds, which... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription