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Obits > 1953 - Clinton A. Brooks

Submitted by Melva Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
March 5, 1953 - pg 2 col 3
Clinton A. Brooks, 80, Retired Farmer, Dies
Tampico: - Clinton A. Brooks, 80, retired Fairfield Township farmer, died at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, while a patient in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.  He had been in ill health for some time.
The body was brought to the Parent Funeral Home in Tampico where friends may call.  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from the funeral home.  Interment will be in Yorktown Cemetery.
Brooks was born on a farm in Fairfield Township, located near Tampico, and was a resident of this area most of his life.

 Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wayne W. Johnson of Yorktown; two sons, DeWayne Brooks of Chicago and Clare Brooks of Western Springs, Ill.; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

March 12, 1953  1;1


Funeral services for Clinton A. BROOKS, 80m, who passed away last Wednesday evening at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, were held Saturday afternoon in the Parent Chapel. Ellis BEEMAN, pastor of the Tampico Church of Christ officiated.

Two favorite hymns, "Abide With Me" and "Beyond the Sunset" were sung by Archie YARDE, Jr. and accompanied by Miss Juanita PRATT.

Mr. and Mrs. Authur AAGESON, Mr. and Mrs. Edward CRONE, andMr. and Mrs Edward BURKE were in charge of the flowers.

Interment was in the Yorktown cemetery with Donald DRAYTON, Harm SAATOFF, Homer STEERS, Alfred McCASLIN, Elmer HASSELMAN and Henry JOHNSON serving as pallbearers.

Clinton A. BROOKS, son of W. M. and Eliza BROOKS, was born on March 12, 1872 in Fairfield Township. He attended local schools and Northern  Illinois college in Dixon. 

On Feb. 21, 1894, he was united in marriage with Nellie M. BUNKER at Yorktown and to this union three children were born: Eva Delle, Clinton DeWayne  and Wendell Claire.

In 1899 he became a member of the Yorktown Christian church where he served faithfully until he moved  his family to the BUNKER farm opposite Fairfield Center chapel in 1904.  He filled a significant role in the public, social and church life of the Fairfield community, serving as assessor for many yearsm, as school  trustee and acting the capacity of sunday school superintendent  of the chapel.  He served as sunday school superintendent over 20 years  and was a constant inspiraton to those who worshipped with him.

During these years he was als a member of the Fairfield Male Quartet which entertained and sang at most of the church and social gatherings of Fairfield and surrounding communities.

In the spring of 1927 he left the farm  and moved to Yorktown where he and his wife  operated a general store until her death in 1929. After her death he made his home with his daughter, Eva Delle, and her husband Wayne JOHNSON who succeeded him on the farm.

In 1942, he became seriously ill and was committed to Perry Memorial for many months. While recovering sufficiehtly to leave the hospital he never fully regained his health and spent his remaining years in a convelescent home in Princeton.

During his entire life he demonstrated a great love of people and will always be remembered by his friends for his high character  and sincere friendliness and courage which was especially manifest during the years of his declining health. 

Mr. BROOKS is survived by three children, Mrs. Wayne W. JOHNSON of Yorktown, Clinton DeWayne of Chicago and Wendell Claire of Western Springs; two grandchildren, Merle JOHNSON of Fairfield and Joan BROOKS of Western Springs; four great grandchildren, Wayne,  Richard,  Gordon and Judy Ann JOHNSON; and one brother, Glenn E BROOKS of Sterling.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie, Feb. 1, 1929; and a sister, Blanche, Feb. 12, 1914.


No. 3
Date: Mar. 7, 1953
Name of  Deceased: Clinton A. BROOKS, male, white
Date of Funeral: March 7, 1953
Funeral Service: Parent Chapel
Time of Service: 1 P.M.
Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital
Date of Death: Mar. 4, 1953
Cause of Death: Gangrene of right foot
Certifying Physician: Dr. Hopkins, Walnut, IL
Occupation: Farmer
Aged: 80 yrs 11 months 23 days
Place of Birth: IL
Date of Birth March 12, 1872
FAther: Mortimer BROOKS
Maiden name of Mother: Elizabeth McKENZIE
Informant: Claire BROOKS, Chicago, IL

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