John Howard Brooks Sr., 90, of Orange died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. Graveside service was Saturday, Jan. 31, at Myrtle Springs Cemetery in Elkhart.

John was born March 16, 1918, in Elkhart to John Hetty and Mary Emma (Yelderman) Brooks.

He was a member of Winfree Baptist Church, Boilermakers Local 587, the Democratic National Committee, Mid-County Singles Club and the Pompano Club. He enjoyed dancing, gardening and farming. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Brooks; wife, Gerry Brooks; grandson, Buddy Stephens; and sister, Lois Hutton.     

He is survived by his children, Victora Ruthann Hudnall, Rosemary Hodgkinson and husband Charles, Wanda Jackson and husband Ulen, Martha Rothkamm and husband Rusty, Jennifer Garrett and husband Joe and John Howard “Buzz” Brooks Jr. and wife Karen; grandchildren, Teresa Allen, Renee Wasinger, Clay Hudnall, Shon Hodgkinson, Jenny Jackson, Spencer Jackson, H. K. Rothkamm, “Stormy” Rothkamm, Misty Croley, Rob Brooks, Lauren Aslaksen and Johanna Aker; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Rene Self.
Memorial contributions may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, an organization that John frequently contributed to.