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McGilley Memorial Chapel-Midtown

20 West Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

John E. Brooks

January 26, 1939January 31, 2020
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John E. Brooks, 81, of Kansas City, MO passed away at his home January 31, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of John’s Life will be 11:00 am Saturday, February 8 at Kansas City United Church of Christ, 205 W. 65th Street, Kansas City, MO. A reception will follow the service in the church hall. John was born January 26, 1939 in Hutchinson, KS to Maurice and Ethel (Adams) Brooks. He learned dental technology at an early age and practiced it in Lawrence while he attended KU where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma. This is where he met Nancy Lower. He married Nancy in November, 1963. John was a veteran of the Air National Guard. He moved his new family to Kansas City and established Brooks and Daughters Dental Laboratory. John was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Farrell Brooks, Richard Brooks and Robert Brooks and one sister, Patsy Russell. In addition to his wife of 56 years, Nancy, John is survived by four daughters, Shelly Brooks (Michael Smith), Vicki Brooks (Darren Miller), Lisa Brooks and Janet Mosby; four grandchildren, Aleister and Addison Jones, Denny and Josie Mosby; and sisters Elva Jean Atkinson and Bette Brooks, and many nieces, nephews and their families. John was always willing to help others. For many years with his church family he worked with and supervised Christmas in October projects; he helped refurbish Hope Care Center, a residence for people with HIV and AIDS, and loved coaching his daughter’s soccer teams. His family wishes to thank the physicians and hospice of St. Luke’s, the memory care center at KU, the Sister Servants of Mary hospice care, our church family of 49 years at Kansas City United Church of Christ and loving friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to those causes important to John; Christmas in October, Sister Servants of Mary of Kansas City, Kansas, and Brookside Soccer.

Services

  • A Celebration of John's Life Saturday, February 8, 2020

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Vicki Brooks

February 22, 2020

Dec 9th
Tonight as dad had trouble sleeping, we sat at the dining room table for tea.

In the wee hours, helping him back to bed, I sit on the floor next to him, holding his hand. He closes his eyes to rest.

I scan the dark house, slits of the streetlights cast shadows, I'm at ease. Though they were scary as a child.

I remember the security, passed between hands as dad would take mine. Walking outside, taking stairs as a toddler, crossing the street, or while being somewhere unfamiliar.

Then more memories surface. Four little girls running to the front hall and into him, "daddy's home, daddy's home" as he navigates his hat and coat to the rack with little arms around each leg. One of us becomes the sack of potatoes hoisted over his shoulders while the others yell "me next" or "my turn". And, we would stand on his feet as he walked.

I held his hand, gripping mine, until he felt secure and fell asleep.

E,R R

February 22, 2020

To the Brooks Family,
As we think over the years of our friendship with John there is a common thread - his gentle nature was always evident. It didn't matter the task - fixing something at church that needed fixing, nailing a roof on a Christmas in October home, or passing out candy as Father Christmas. We never heard him raise his voice in anger. One felt good after being around John. What a gift he was to us all. We have all been blessed for having him be a part of our lives.
ERR

L K

February 22, 2020

May the richness of so many years shared together provide you all with love, peace, joy, and thankfulness - that your lives touched in such meaningful ways - as you honor and celebrate John's life.
With love and care-
LK

L V

February 22, 2020

John for many years served as Father Christmas for KKM. He was so good at this - kids would all be checking him out!

A R

February 22, 2020

He will always be "Father Christmas" to me.
A.R.

L M

February 22, 2020

Before I met John at church, I knew this "stranger" that I kept running into at the post office. He made an impression on me because he always held the door for others and seemed so kind. Then Donn and I visited the church and here he was! Then I learned he was really as nice as my first impression of him.
He'll be missed.
LM

K P

February 22, 2020

My dad, Donn Miller absolutely adored John and going to the weekly men's breakfasts with that wonderful group of gentlemen. It is so sweet and heart warming to see all these post-retirement guys having such a great tradition and creating and cultivating friendships.
KP

G A

February 22, 2020

Nancy,
We saw John's obituary in the paper. I have many fond memories through stock club with John. The annual Dinners gave us the opportunities to be with you. I don't recall exact dates but I believe it was about 40 years that I spent time with John in having a meal together and attending our meetings.
John was a unique individual. He was quiet, considerate of others, loyal, cooperative, and had many other good qualities. He obviously was a good family man.
GA

M,B N

February 22, 2020

We'll all miss John and his quiet and loving ways shown to us all.

EJ A

February 22, 2020

I have a picture of John when he was a small child. So sorry I didn't call more often. He was a great brother and know he will be missed by everyone.
All my love and sympathy,
EJ

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Thanks for being the best dad ever … and the blue eyes too


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Proud Parents at Mount Holyoke 1995

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Two trouble makers

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25th wedding Anniversary

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National Guard 1968

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Introducing Addison to trains