Ray Allen Brooks

August 18, 1970March 29, 2010

Ray Allen Brooks, 39 of Machesney Park departed this world March 29, 2010 in his home. He was born August 18, 1970 in Rockford. Ray was a graduate of Hononegah High School, Class of 1988 and later became a Journeyman Iron worker of Local 498. Ray was a proud and dedicated father, who adored every moment with his son, Hunter Ray. He loved to spend time with his family and was a loving father, son and brother. Ray also kept close ties with all his loved ones in Arkansas. He often dreamed of retiring there one day. Ray was an avid Bears fan and also an enthusiastic boater who could often be seen in his Baja on the Rock River. Ray created numerous friendships along his life journey and will be missed by many. He is survived by his son Hunter, mother Renee (Tom Mauling), sister, Angel Colvin, brother, Alex Chabucos, nieces; Taylor Colvin and Rayven Chabucos, along with his many adored aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ray was preceded in death by his father, Curtis Ray Brooks, grandfather, Cletice Templeman and his dearly loved grandmother, Hazel Templeman, who we take great comfort knowing is taking care of our Ray in heaven until we can all be together again. A visitation will be held at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL on Friday, April 2, 2010 from 5:00-8:00 PM with Funeral services at Sunset Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Sunset Memorial Gardens, 8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL 61115 in care of Ray Allen Brooks Memorial.



  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 3, 2010


  • Burial

Ray Allen Brooks

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Renee Mauling

May 8, 2015

Ray, it has been 5 years now and it is not any easier today. I miss you every single day of my life and I think of you every single day of my life. I know our family is growing in heaven as we keep losing our loved ones here. No matter who we have lost the biggest loss of all was losing you. I don't know why you had to leave us at such an early age. It left a huge hole in my heart. I can't wait to see you again. I love you so very very much. If only I had one more day with you. I would give anything just to have one more day to tell you all the things I should have and just to hold you in my arms. I love you son with my whole being. Love, Mom!

Renee Mauling

August 19, 2014

Ray, yesterday was your birthday, another hard day to get through. The days go by but there is something missing and that something is you. I miss you so very much. We lost Aunt Donna in May and I pray the two of you are together now. Maybe you were there to bring her along. I know she was a second mother to you. We all miss you and wish you were here. The only comfort we have is knowing that someday we will be reunited and the whole family will be together again. I love you son with all my heart! Love, Mom!

Angel Colvin

August 18, 2014

Happy Birthday to my Big Brother, I so wish I could give you a birthday hug and have one more conversation with you. But that is the selfish part of me. The other part of me knows that you are where you are supposed to be and happier than ever imaginable. I think that God takes the kindest souls first so that you don't have to endure all of the heartaches that life on earth entails. I miss you and love you bunches, Always thinking about you, Your little sister, Angel

Angel Colvin

March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013, Miss and Love You!!!!

Kelley Elliott

April 24, 2012

My condolences to the family of my first boyfriend. I hadn't seen Ray in years but I thought of him from time to time. He was a genuinely kind and compassionate special person and I am so sad that such a beautiful soul is gone from this earth. God Bless.

December 26, 2011

TO MY SON - Today is Christmas and it is our second Christmas without you. It hurts so much to celebrate without you. You are so missed by every single one of us. I hope you are celebrating with Grandma and Grandpa and all our other loved ones. It will be a wonderful day when we are all reunited again. That is the only thing that keeps me holding on, the knowledge that we will be in a glorius, peaceful place when we are together again. Losing you has been the hardest thing that I have ever had to live through. I miss and love you son with all of my heart. Hunter misses you too. He would give anything to have his daddy home with him. Hunter says he knows you are waiting for him and his mommy to join you and how happy you all will be again. He is such a good boy. I know that you are so proud of him. Watch over all of us please. Love you forever and ever. Mom

August 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Ray, I love and miss you with all my heart. Time doesn't heal but it makes it closer to the time we will be together again. Love Always, MOM

August 4, 2011

Your car is right where you would want it. Loving and missing more than ever!

Hunter Brooks

March 31, 2011

We all love and miss You. And I know that you miss me too. I hope You and Your Grandma are having a very fun time. When I hear and mom joke that Dad sure is a good bowler and getting alot of strikes. You will always be in my heart. Everytime I bowl I hold my necklace and think of You..I would do anything just to have you come back. I try to have fun doing things but I know it would be alot of fun to have You here. I am really looking forward to the day I get Your lime green mustang. You will always be My Dad and it is really hard to live without You.
I Love You..Hunter Ray

March 21, 2011

My dearest son, it is coming up on a year since you left us. There is not a day that has gone by that I haven't missed you or thought about you. My life is not the same without you here. It will never be the same again. My heart is so empty and aches for just a little more time with my son. The only thing that keeps me sane is the thought that we will be together again someday. If I knew that I would never see you again I could not bear that thought. I hope you are at peace and maybe watching over all of us. Hunter is such a good boy and misses his daddy. I love you, MOM.........