Richard A. Brooks, 88, of East Homer, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 20, 2020.
A lifelong area resident, he was born December 30, 1931, a son of the late Bernal and Hazel Smith Brooks.
Dick graduated Truxton Academy in 1949 and served his country from 1953 – 1955 in the US Army.
He was a lifelong dairy farmer, retiring in 2013 as the owner of Bud Ranch on the East Homer-Baltimore Road.
Active in many local organizations, he was a longtime member of the East Homer – Truxton United Methodist Church, a 70 year member of the East Homer Albright Grange #440, a 60 year member of the Holstein Association of Cortland County, an Honorary Life Member of the Homer F.F.A., served as the chairman for many years of the Cortland County Farm Home Administration. He was awarded the Farmer of the Year by the Cortland County Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Dick was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially his fishing trips to Canada.
Dick was a hardworking man, a man of faith, and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
Surviving is his wife of 68 years, Muriel A. Brooks, his children, Clint S. (Brenda) Brooks of Homer and Suzanne M. (David) Williams of Homedale, ID; his grandchildren, Ben Brooks; Emily (Christopher) Wilkinson; Steven Williams and Mark (Quincy) Williams. Also surviving are his great grandchildren, Lois Williams and Maverick Wilkinson; a sister, Beverly Brooks of Glendale, AZ and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother, Stuart Brooks.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 US Route 11, Homer, with Rev. Timothy Gleason officiating. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Homer will be delayed until spring.
The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Brooks’ name may be directed to the East Homer – Truxton United Methodist Church, 2662 Route 13, Cortland, NY 13045 or the American Lung Association, 1200 Hosford Street, Suite 101 Hudson, WI 54016-9316.