Richard Alan Brooks

Born: Wed., Apr. 9, 1941
Died: Mon., May 19, 2014


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., May 23, 2014
Location: Weicht Funeral Home

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Richard Alan Brooks, 73, passed away May 19, 2014 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Richard was born in Angola to Mark L. Brooks and Phyllis Colpus Brooks on April 9, 1941.  He attended Scott Center School and graduated from Angola High School in 1959.  

He joined the United States Air Force in 1960 and served in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  

After his discharge he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering at Tri-State College (Known now as Trine University).  

He worked at Square D in Huntington, but his Sachs-Murray Arthritis forced him into an early retirement.  He also had worked as a watchman for the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Rick loved science fiction, and wrote short stories which were publishe4d in several science4 fiction fanzines.

He was a big fan of the Trine University Thunder softball Team.

One of his last acts before being hospitalized was to vote in the local primary.

He is survived by a sister Elizabeth Brooks of Fremont, Indiana and a brother James Brooks of Houston, Texas.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial visitation will be from 2-4 PM, Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, Indiana.

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Daniel Gauthier
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
He was one of my best friends for a great many years. So sorry for your loss. I'll miss him.

Lesley Cochran-TImm
   Posted Thu May 22, 2014
To the family of Mr. Brooks,

I am deeply sorry for the passing of Mr. Brooks. I am pretty sure he was at all of the Tri-State Softball games while I was there (91-95) no matter the weather. He was very personable and always had a good story tell. I got to see him a few years ago when I went back to speak and he was the same likable man. I was lucky enough to be in touch through FB when he was on. He will be in my heart and memories. The world lost a good man with a great heart.

Rose Clark
   Posted Fri May 23, 2014
Miy heartfelt condolences to Mr Brooks Family. Although I did not know him personally, I knew him through his sister, my friend, Liz. One never knows about tomorrow. When I spoke with Liz she told me about the baseball game he was looking forward to seeing. In my opinion Rick was an angel in the outfield of that game. May he rest in peace and may his family also find peace with his passing

Carol Ferro Schock
   Posted Sat May 24, 2014
To "Ricky's" family and friends. I attend high school and graduated with Ricky as we used to call him. He ate in my parent's restaurant for lunch during school and he and my mother used to exchange science fiction novels. We shared some classes. Although he was quiet in school, he would talk when a conversation was started. I am sorry he suffered health setbacks through out his life and hope his later years were as interesting for him as he could be. Sincerely, "Kitti" Schock

Amanda Newland
   Posted Mon July 07, 2014
Rick was a talented writer who mostly wrote science fiction with a twist. He was also very clearly capable of adding elements of humor that made his stories unforgettable. He was a stickler for punctuation and was an interesting addition to our writers group. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

Timothy C Adams
   Posted Thu August 28, 2014
I remember Richard—and I always will! Richard was thoughtful, helpful, and funny! When I was a mathematics major at Tri-State in the early 70’s Richard suggested a book to me on the history of Mathematics. Still to this day, I have that book, and I still use. Thank you Richard!

Susan VanSchuyver
   Posted Tue January 06, 2015
Rick Brooks was my friend through the National Fantasy Fan Federation; I have known him for years--perhaps 20. We both loved science fiction and cats. He was a great correspondent and a wonderful person. I just heard about his loss, and I am very sorry. I wish him and his family peace.

Lee and J.J. MacFadden
   Posted Fri January 09, 2015
We also knew Rick Brooks only through the National Fantasy Fan Federation. We always got the impression -- both from his correspondence to the club and from other club members -- that he was an interesting and compassionate person. We're sorry we didn't know him better, and we know that he will be sorely missed by those who did.

Dennis L. Davis
   Posted Thu June 04, 2015
I was friends with Rick Brooks for a number of years. We were fellow members of the National Fantasy Fan Federation and we corresponded regularly, I will miss him.

Blessings upon Rick and his Family