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Rodney Brooks

January 10, 1925 November 12, 2017
Rodney Brooks
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Obituary for Rodney Brooks

Rodney A. Brooks, 92, of Worthington died on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD.  He was born on January 10, 1925 in Edgerton, MN to Milo and Eunice Brooks. The family moved to Worthington and then to Kirkland, WA.  Just days after graduation from High School in Kirkland, he entered the Navy and served until the end of WWII.
After being honorably discharged, Rod returned to Worthington and married his high school sweetheart Shirley Johnson.  They had three children, Craig, Julie and Tom and resided in Worthington for most of their marriage.  Shirley died at age 59.   Rod worked as a salesman in various industries; Coca Cola, Liggett & Meyer, Nixon Feeds. He retired after working in the poultry industry for many years.  After retirement he moved to Park Rapids, MN and kept busy working in his wood shop, golfing and fishing.  He also enjoyed helping maintain a local golf course and resort. After moving to Park Rapids, he married Mary Gerads Zimmerman.  They enjoyed working outdoors on their acreage and tending their many flower gardens.   Mary died in 2012.  Rod then returned to Worthington and lived at the Homestead Cooperative until his death.  His charm and sense of humor were his trademarks.  He always had a way to make you smile.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Charter member of the Elks Lodge in Worthington and a longtime member of the Worthington Country Club.
Rod is survived by his three children, Craig (Dot) Brooks, Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Julie (Stanley) Haas, Worthington, Tom (Cheryl) Brooks, Jackson, MN; seven grandchildren, Melanie, Angela, Geoffrey, Casey, Jenny, Troy and Shylah; five great grandchildren, Megan, Luke, Mallory, Nathan and Ivy; sister-in-law, Marg Johnson; stepdaughter, Sandy (Bill) Henry of Royalton, MN; stepson, Dennis (Maria) Zimmerman of Sauk Rapids, MN; step daughter-in-law, Tracy Zimmerman of Bowlus, MN; seven step grandchildren, Mike, Lisa, Lori, Jenna, Jeremy, Dylan and Cheryl;  eleven step great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife Shirley, his second wife Mary, his parents, one sister and brother-in-law, a grandson, Brandon and two stepchildren, Sus and Steven.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Benson Funeral Home Chapel in Worthington, MN, with Greg Wede officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel.  Rod’s grandchildren will serve as honorary pall bearers. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Round Lake Cemetery.

Blessed be his memory.

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Visitation

Saturday

18

Nov

10:00 AM 11/18/2017 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 11/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

18

Nov

11:00 AM 11/18/2017 11:00:00 AM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Round Lake Cemetery Final Resting Place

Yale Ave
Round Lake, MN 56167

Yale Ave Round Lake 56167 MN
United States
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