William L. Brooks Sr., of Gardner, passed away peacefully June 5, 2019 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.
Born September 12, 1937, in Gardner, he was the son of the late Clyde and Gertrude (Kroll) Brooks. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving two years. Bill married the former Barbara Hillman on July 4, 1959. He retired from Fatlan Trucking and was a Teamster, Local #179, a lifetime member of the Gardner Masonic Lodge, served on the Gardner Zoning board for many years. After retirement he enjoyed moving cars for Rub Ford in Gardner. He enjoyed visiting friends at the Riviera Restaurant. He never forgot a joke and he loved telling them.
He is survived by his loving wife Barb, two sons William L. (Sue) Brooks Jr. of Wilmington and Darren (Pam) Brooks of Gardner; 5 grandsons Justin (Sarah), Jason (Gina Wright), Weston (fiance Katelyn Kamphorst), Cale (Jana) Brooks, Joshua; 6 great-grandchildren, Ava Meyer, Brantley and Isaac Brooks, Mya Folgers, Kace and Maggie Brooks. Sisters Phyllis (Dave) Maskel and Faye Lynn (Bill) Malek. He was a brother-in-law and uncle to many.
Preceding him in death was his parents, son and daughter-in-law Darryl (Peggy) Brooks, his sister Jean Fischer, brother-in-law Bob Fisher.
Preferred memorials can be made to Operation St. Nicks, P.O. Box 781, Morris, IL 60450.
Cremation rites were accorded. Private burial will be at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood at a later date.
Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Bill’s memorial page online by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/notices/William-BrooksSr
Arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Home in Gardner (815-237-2526)