Donald B. Brooks, 77, of Oshkosh, died early Saturday morning, January 5, 2008, at the Garden County Hospital in Oshkosh. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. (MST), Thursday, January 10, 2008, at Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh with Pastor Maynard McCarthy officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. (CST), Friday, January 11, 2008, at the Lincoln Memorial Park in Lincoln with Rev. Jay Funk officiating.
Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established to the family.
Holechek Funeral Home in Oshkosh is in charge of the arrangements.
Donald was born on October 15, 1930, in Lincoln to Bert B. and Mildred L. (Newell) Brooks. He grew up in Havelock, Neb. and received his education in Lincoln, graduating from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1948. After high school, Don entered the United States Navy Reserve.
On Sept. 30 1950, Don was united in marriage to Wilma Mae Craig in Lincoln. They made their home in Lincoln where he worked for Ford Van Line. He later sold insurance and then worked for American Stores Packing Company until the family moved to Oshkosh in 1979. Don purchased the House of Bottles and later the SnS Liquor store. He eventually moved the liquor business to a new location called Don's Liquor and converted the House of Bottles to Interiors, Ect. and The Ceramic Shop. Don also worked for Marshalltown before retiring in 1988.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling to visit his children.
He was a member of the Lions Club, Oshkosh Fire Department and helped the local Boy Scouts.
He is survived by his children, Doug Brooks and wife Kathy of Kansas City, MO, Mike Brooks of Tacoma, WA, Sue Kruse and fiancÚ Dan Baker of Nebraska City, David Brooks of Oakland, NE, and Jay Brooks and partner, Tom Wozniak of Parker, CO; sixteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma in 1986; his parents; and an infant daughter, Dona Mae in 1954.