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William Brooks, 87 - December 10, 2015

William “Bill” D. Brooks, 87, of Coeur d’Alene, ID, formerly of Gothenburg, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, his home of 20 years.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located at Fifth and Wallace at Coeur d’Alene. Inurnment will take place at St Luke’s Columbarium.
Brooks was born at Lexington on Dec. 11, 1927, to Marvin L. and Audrey (Thomas) Brooks, the oldest of five children.
He spent his school years at Gothenburg, studying, playing football and helping out at home. He graduated in 1945.
After graduation, he enlisted with the Navy Air Corps where he was accepted into the V-5 Pilot Training Program. He trained and studied at the Universities of New Mexico and Nebraska until his discharge in 1948. At that time, he transferred to Hastings College where he majored in business administration.
While attending Hastings College, he met Jane Rincker, the woman he would marry and spend the rest of his life with. The couple were married at St Mark’s Episcopal Church at Hastings in 1950. To this union, three children were born, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His career started as an accountant at Union Pacific in Omaha. He then managed Grassland’s Veterinary Hospital which led to his interest in agri-business. In 1969, he joined Eli Lilly and Co. starting as district manager and retiring in 1989 as director of national accounts. His international experience took him and his wife to live in Argentina and later Mexico. He was always quick to credit his wife for partnering with him throughout his career.
In retirement, Brooks and his wife moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1994 from Indianapolis and spent many full and happy years with family and friends in the beautiful northwest, according to family members.
?As a member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, he served on the Vestry and finance committees. He also belonged to the American Legion Post 14, the Hayden Lake Country Club and the Elks Club.
Brooks loved to golf, fish and play poker with friends, his sons and his grandsons, the family said.
A stroke in May of 2012 limited many of his activities but never his love of life, friends and family.
The many wonderful friends he and his wife made in Coeur d’Alene loved and supported them through the time of his stroke, and continued to do so, family stated. He held a special place in his heart for his son, Jeff, always his faithful helper, special friend and companion.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, Marvin and Audrey; his brother, Stanley Brooks; sister, Marilyn Heuer.
Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Jane (Rincker) Brooks; his sons—Jeff of Coeur d’Alene and David, recently of Coeur d’ Alene, previously of Atlanta, GA; his daughter, Cindy Brooks (Bill) Erler of Scottsdale, AZ; Bill E. sister, Karli Sullivan; daughter-in-law, Susan C. Brooks; sisters—Jane Sheets of Kearney and Judi (Cal) Frey of Gothenburg; grandchildren—Lucas and Maya Erler, Rachel Sullivan and Charles (Lauren) Brooks; great-grandchildren—Maddox Logan and Devin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St Luke’s Episcopal Church, Family Promise, or to a favorite charity.