Wilbur W. Brooks, 80, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014, in Harlingen, Texas following a long battle with COPD. His wife, Nancy, was at his side.
Wilbur was born on Nov. 24, 1933, at home in Kincaid. Following graduation in 1951, Wilbur enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a Master Sergeant after 21 years. While in the service, he was stationed in many places including Japan, Philippines, and Thailand to name a few.
In 1958, he met and married Janice Pettigrew. They had two sons. They separated in 1962. Wilbur met Irene Rubino in New Jersey and they were married on Aug. 8, 1964. They had two daughters.
After retiring, they moved back to Kincaid, where he farmed and raised feeder pigs. Wilbur spent many years as a 4-H leader, worked on the Anderson County Fair Board, coached girls softball and was a lifetime member of the Kincaid Lodge No. 338. He worked at Klein Tools in Moran for 15 years.
Irene passed away in 1994. In 1995, he met and married Nancy Ward. They moved to Harlingen in 2002. Wilbur loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed traveling and loved to play cards with the grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Paul and Zella Adams Brooks, wife Irene and brother Willard.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; sister Maxine Dreher and husband Stanley of Iola; children Ward Paul Brooks and wife Carolyn of St. Joseph, Mo., Timothy Brooks and wife Melinda of Louisiana, Mo., daughter Sheila Dukes and husband Troy of Drakesboro, Ky., daughter Sharon Frazell and husband Craig of Kincaid; stepdaughter Monica Mikkelson and husband Keith of Macomb, Mich.; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. Graveside services to be in Mildred will be announced later.
Shirley R. Payne, 78, Colony, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Allen County Regional Hospital.She was born on Sept. 15, 1935, in the Northcott Community, rural Colony, the daughter of Carl and Wilma (Gilliland) McGhee. As a young girl, her family moved to the Bloomfield,... [More]
Leonard S. Ford, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at his home in Humboldt. Funeral services will be announced later by Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel.
Harold D. Lindsey, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his home in Humboldt after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.He was born March 23, 1933, in Humboldt, the son of Robert Maxwell and Ethel Eva (King) Lindsey. He grew up east of Humboldt and in 1951 enlisted in... [More]
Save-A-Lot, the nation’s second-largest grocer, has targeted Iola for a supermarket — as quickly as it can find someone to invest in the corporation and operate the store.According to David Toland, part-time economic director for Iola and Allen County, Iola is one... [More]
Long gone are the days where freshmen would show up for their first day of high school feeling lost and intimidated. Hazing? Not in this town. Iola High School has been taking care of its own for about eight years with Link Crew, an orientation program that uses upper level classmates... [More]
Inspirational teachers is all it took to spark an interest in education for Renae Gifford.“I had a lot of inspiring teachers in school,” she said. “I wanted to give back and inspire others as well.”Gifford is a new addition to Iola High School. She will... [More]
Rachel Janzen has been hired as an assistant coach for Allen Community College’s women’s basketball team. She comes to the Red Devils after a one-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.“I was looking... [More]
Instead of choosing between tennis, badminton or ping pong, pickleball offers aspects of each rolled into one sport. “Pickleball 101” is taking place every Monday until Sept. 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Meadowbrook Park.“We’re trying to introduce the people... [More]