Funeraria del Angel Santa Paula

128 South Eighth Street, Santa Paula, CA


Ronald Shelby Brooks

August 29, 1946April 21, 2020

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. – Will Rogers

Ronnie loved his family above all, he was a friend to all and he always had a good tale to tell.

Ronnie had the biggest heart, but it wasn’t a strong one. He would say he died a good death; suddenly, in his sleep, in his own bed, beside his loving wife.

Ronnie was a California native son and was proud of his Portuguese and Basque heritage. He grew up a ranch boy playing on his grandfather's and parent’s ranches in Santa Paula. He attended Saint Sebastian School and Church where he was an alter server. During this time, he joined Little League and it fostered a lifelong love of baseball and the Dodgers. Ronnie attended Santa Paula High School, graduating class of 1964. He was one of the “surfer dudes” who drove a Woody to Surfer’s Point. Shortly after graduation, Ronnie was drafted and sent to Vietnam. He served his country well and was proud of his service in the U.S. Army. Ronnie returned to Santa Paula and continued to surf, ride his paint horse, Cherokee, and play ball. Ronnie coached Little League for 29 years and served with the local VFW for many years. He worked all his life and retired after working at the Ventura County Star for about 18 years. Ronnie and Debbie spent most of their time off on globetrotting adventures and visiting ballparks across the U.S. His best adventure was getting lost in Normandy, France. Ronnie enormously enjoyed watching his grandson’s sporting events and taking pictures of them. Everybody loved Ronnie, aka Kartoon and Coach. We are broken-hearted without him, but so much better for having him in our lives.

Ronnie’s life will forever be cherished by his wife Debbie Vierra, her son Billy, daughter Kellyn (aka Yebe) Flores (Luis Flores), son Shane Brooks, G-Pa to three grandchildren (Nathan, Andrew, and Grace), sister Kathy Socia (Greg Socia), niece Jennifer Schmidt (Jamie Schmidt), great-niece Taylor Schmidt, great-nephew Wyatt Schmidt, and too many cherished cousins to name here. Ronnie and his cousins were double cousins who were like brothers and sisters to him. His mother, MaryAnn Brooks (née Carricaburu/deceased) and Aunt Rita (née Carricaburu) Brooks married two brothers, Ronnie’s father, William Shelby Brooks, deceased, and James Alvin Brooks, deceased.

A private immediate family only service will be held at Santa Paula Cemetery, limited due to the COVID19 restrictions. A memorial party will be forthcoming to celebrate Ronnie’s great life and thank family and friends for their love and support as soon as restrictions are lifted.


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Wimpy Lopez

May 7, 2020

Ronnie you will be missed at all baseball games no matter where they are played......
Truly love the game......
I'll miss you buddy but I'll see you up at the big ball field in the sky
One day

Chanda Ruiz-Stockton

May 6, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Brooks. I remember being at the little league and VFW events with my Grandfather Richard Ruiz, and Mr. Brooks would always have a huge smile on his face and was always so kind. Santa Paula has gained an angel.

Linda Guss

May 6, 2020

My dearest Ronnie, so sorry that you have left this planet so early. I'm so glad that you have had Debbie in your life the last years of your life. While it is still a shock... You are in a better place with all those whom you love so much. I will miss you so much, but you are always in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️

Hank Almanza

May 5, 2020

I remember sitting next to Ronnie at his home one evening, he had just turned 60. He told me Hank, I don’t feel 60? Hell I feel 21, than he says it’s just a number right...always had good things to say, never bad, live life to the fullest right Ronnie, had some good times watching our kids grow up! Rest In Peace my good friend...I will definitely miss you buddy!

Johnny Fergerson

May 5, 2020

Ronnie my cousin, he was a lover of baseball. We would play ball all day when we were young. See Ronnie lived only a few houses down from me. We were cousins but in those days we were like brothers. I will miss you!

Debbie you and the family are in our prayers!

Johnny and Shirley Fergerson

john chisler

May 5, 2020

My heart goes out to Debbie. You truly brought love into Ronnie's life. You let him see the rest of the world and that was exciting for him. I am sure you added years to his life just by being there . Ronnie was always the first to greet you at a gathering and ask if he could buy you a beer. His outgoing personality would radiate a room. So sorry Deb,

Jane Horner

May 5, 2020

Well Jim is in good company now. Always enjoyed your family bbqs and your ever present smile. although we haven’t seen you in a while we will hold your friendship in our hearts.

Kellyn Flores

May 4, 2020

We miss you Dad (G-Pa). Never forgotten & always in our hearts xoxo

Rey Frutos

May 2, 2020

Brooks Family, my deepest condolences. Ronnie was one of those guys that will forever be remembered. He had a unique style of life, always in a good mood. I had the pleasure of playing baseball with him, coaching Little League for many years, and so many other functions. I always addressed him as Mr. Ronald Reagan and he would always respond "yes Boom Boom"! He was a Life Member of VFW Post 2043 in Santa Paula, a Vietnam Veteran, and a great comrade, always ready and willing to help in what ever was needed. He will be truly missed. May he Rest In Peace Brother In Arms...


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