James Edward Brooks

September 25, 1935June 28, 2019

James Edward Brooks, Age 83 of West Liberty, Kentucky, formerly of LaPorte, Indiana passed on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the West Liberty Nursing and Rehab in West Liberty, Kentucky. He was born on September 25, 1935 in Chicago, IL to his loving parents Harold and Anna (McLaughlin) Brooks. On September 1, 1962 he married Charlotte Anne Keeton in Black Oak, IN; she still survives.

Mr. Brooks was quite the movie enthusiast. The older the film, the better time he had watching it. He enlisted in the US Army in 1955 and received an honorable discharge in 1957. He spent many hours working on electrical projects and worked for 40 years as a locomotive engineer for the Inland Steel Company. He and his wife, Charlotte moved away from the area in 2008, but made many memories in the North West Indiana area. His devotion to family and friends will be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Charlotte Brooks; devoted daughters, Heather (Richard) Shapiro, Bethany Pelfrey; grandchildren, Manda Pelfrey, Stephanie (Scott) Auker, Sylvia (Joseph) Robertson, Liat, Isaac, Avital, Gil, and Naomi Shapiro; five great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Kathy) Brooks; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Harold and Anna Brooks; brother, Harold Brooks; and son-in-law, Rodney Pelfrey. Friends and family may call upon Chapel Lawn Funeral home from 10AM until the time of the service on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

His funeral service and celebration will take place at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home located at 8178 Cline Ave., Crown Point, IN, 46307 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 12PM. Pastor Tom McDonnell will be officiating.

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements for Mr. Brooks, please leave words of condolences and stories on the website at


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 2, 2019
  • Burial Tuesday, July 2, 2019


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Libby Hammonds

July 11, 2019

So saddened to learn of Jim's passing. Remember the good times at the Community Church in Black Oak. So Sorry

Frances Pelfrey

June 30, 2019

Charlotte and Family so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Always remember all the hours we spent with you all singing. Miss those days.