Eugene Brooks, 86 - January 22, 2014Eugene Arnold Brooks, 86, of Oxford, originally of Gothenburg, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans on Monday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Jamie Hottovy officiating. Rosary will be recited prior to the service on Monday at the church at 9 a.m.
Interment will be at Ft. McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell with Military Honors provided by the North Platte Honor Guard in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honors Team.
A visitation will take place at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford on Sunday, Feb. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. with family members present from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Brooks was born on June 20, 1927, at Gothenburg, one of eight children born to Earl and Clara (Gronewald) Brooks. He received his primary education from a country school in Dawson County and then completed his schooling at Gothenburg High School.
Following his education, he was inducted into the United States Navy on Sept. 4, 1944, serving his country during World War II until his honorable discharge on June 27, 1946.
On July 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Lee Schrader at Gothenburg. To this union, four children were born. The family resided at North Platte before moving to Lincoln in 1954.
In 1963, the he and his family relocated to Oxford where he was a partner with Better-Buys, Inc. In 1966, he purchased Brodahl Ford of Oxford and renamed the dealership, Brooks Ford, Inc., which he owned and operated until his retirement. He was proud of the fact to relinquish the daily operations to his sons, said family members.
On June 26, 1981, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary.
Brooks established XL Corporation in 1987. Throughout the years, he also had interest in the Goodyear Tire Store, was a distributor of modular homes, and was the main driving force in the design and construction of the Cardinal Country Club in Oxford.
?On May 22, 1982, he was united in marriage to Orvene Johnson. The couple continued to reside in Oxford and enjoyed spending winters at their home in San Carlos, Mexico, family said. They also enjoyed traveling together, were avid golfers, and most of all loved spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Brooks also had many hobbies that included building RC model airplanes. He was a good cook, enjoyed playing music on the organ and was a quality carpenter. He loved summers at the lake with family and enjoyed annually hosting hunting seasons with friends from across the country, according to family members.
Brooks was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church in Oxford, the Oxford Rotary Club and past member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Earl and Clara; his first wife, Mary; Besides his parents and first wife, Mary; his son, Eugene Brooks, Jr.; a granddaughter, Pamela; a grandson, Taylor; great-granddaughter, Lauren; three brothers—twins, Leland and Leroy in infancy and Walt Brooks; two sisters—Alice Brooks as a teenager and Gayle Henggeler.
Survivors include: his wife, Orvene of Oxford; one daughter, Jody Lau and her husband, Scott of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sons—Dennis Brooks and his wife, Renae of Oxford and Doug Brooks and his wife, Ann of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughter-in-law, Toni Brooks of Grand Island, Nebraska; two sisters—Lavonne Morris of Lincoln, Nebraska and Gladys Jolliffe and her husband, Ken of Malcolm, Nebraska and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives.
A memorial has been established and suggested to the Cardinal Country Club of Oxford.