Raymond J. Brooks, age 82 of Athens, died Wednesday morning, May 29, 2013 at his home.
Born Apr. 16, 1931 in Athens, he was the son of the late Raymond Brooks, Sr. & Clarice Carpenter Brooks.
A graduate of Athens High School, he retired as a pipefitter with Portsmouth Local 577. He worked many years as a job superintendant for the Gesling Co. of Lancaster.
He was a founding member and past president of the Hocking Valley Sportsman Club. He was active for many years in the League of Ohio Sportsman and turned his fascination with wildlife into a part time business as a taxidermist. He was also a member of Paramuthia Lodge 25 F&AM of Athens and a former member of Aladdin Temple Shrine. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Raymond was an avid outdoorsman spending much of that time with his lifelong friend, Frank Foster. He lived for 23 years in Hockingport, where he enjoyed much of his retirement. He also had fond memories of working at the Berry Hotel in Athens while in high school.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Connie Stanley Brooks; a daughter, Vicki (Chuck) Cochran of Athens; three sons- Stephen (Karen) Brooks of Ostrander, Scott (Gwen) Brooks of Athens and Eric Brooks of Athens; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Connie’s grandchildren who considered Raymond as a second “Grandpa”; a sister, Rose Ellen (Weldon) Koker of Columbus; three brothers- Harold (Doris) Brooks, Carl (Louise) Brooks and Robert (Diane) Brooks all of Athens.
Besides his parents he is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Suzanne Brooks Ledbetter; a granddaughter, Cassie Nicole Brooks; a sister, Cledith Anne Mahaffey; and his beloved dog, Timber.
Funeral service will be conducted Saturday 11:00 am at Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens with Rev. Joel Harbarger officiating. Burial will be in Athens Memory Gardens. Friends may call Friday 5-8 pm at the funeral home.
Paramuthia Lodge 25 will hold Masonic services Friday at 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
K.T. Crossen Post 21 American Legion, VFW Post 3477 and VFW Post 9893 Honor Guards will hold military rites at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Appalachian Community Hospice, 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, Ohio 45701.
Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.