Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Obituary -- Verle Dee Brooks 1918-2016

Verle Dee Brooks, 98 (formerly of Eagleville, MO) was born September 16, 1918 on a farm 2 ½ miles North of Eagleville, MO and passed away Monday, November 7, 2016 at Crestview Nursing Home, Bethany, MO.

He was the only child of Henry and Nora (Little) Brooks. He graduated Eagleville High School in 1936. Verle married Alice Alberta Briggs on November 25, 1939 in Albany, MO with both parents at their side. To this union, three boys were born: Verlyn, Gary, and Bill.

Verle worked for Lamoni Creamery, Missouri Highway Department and was a dairy farmer for 33 years. He also drove the school bus for North Harrison School.

Verle married Ida Marie Robertson on January 1, 1981 and moved to Bethany. After moving to Bethany, he drove the school bus for South Harrison School. He also drove for Pettijohn Motors and mowed yards in Bethany for a number of years.

Verle was a member of the Otterbein Church in Eagleville and was baptized at an early age in the old CC Camp Lake. Later in life he joined the United Methodist Church in Bethany. He was a member of the 1918 club, traveling to many states for meetings. He was a 50 year member of Masons and Eastern Star and also a member of the Shriners where he performed in several Shriner parades dressed in his chipmunk costume. Verle made many children happy by giving away Shrine Circus Tickets.

Verle was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Alice.

He is survived by three sons: James Verlyn (Barbara), Republic, MO, Gary Eugene (Ila), Lee’s Summit, MO; Billy Dean (Lynda) Heartwell, NE; five grandchildren, Sonia Aldrich, Billy Brooks, Buffy Niemeyer, Erick Brooks and Lisa Fenske; eleven great grandchildren, Shaun Frederico, Brian Frederico, Brandi Yerdon, Nathan Brooks, Evan Brooks, A.J. Niemeyer, Grace Niemeyer, Jacklyn Brooks, Jazmine Brooks, Cassi Brooks, and Conner Fenske; one great-great grandson; sister-in-law, Cleora Briggs, Eagleville, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 11 at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO. Burial followed in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, IA. The family received friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Masonic Rites being held prior at 12:50 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Bethany in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at www.robersonfuneralhome.com

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