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Obituary: John J. Brooks, Seymour

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John J. Brooks, 74, of Seymour, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012.

Born September 24, 1938, in Seymour, he was the son of Edward and Esther (Helmbrecht) Brooks. On May 1, 1965, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon, he married Sarah “Sally” K. Miller who survives.

John is also survived by his children, Thomas “Tommy” Brooks, Elizabeth “Beth” (Steve) McTighe and Susan “Suzi” (Jason) Brooks Stuckwisch; grandchildren, Spencer, Ryan and Natalie McTighe, Ty and Liza Stuckwisch; and brothers, Larry (Ann) Brooks and David (Elsie) Brooks.

John was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church. He was a 1956 graduate of Shields High School and a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Economics. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in Korea.

He retired from Fidelity Federal as president and after that was self employed.

John was an important part of the Seymour Boys and Girls Club, serving on the Board from 1973 until 2006, and was a Board Member Emeritus from 2007 until the present time. He served as President of the Board in 1975 and 1994 and received the Bronze Keystone Award from the Boys and Girls Club of America in 1988. In 2006 he received the Dr. Joseph Black Lifetime Achievement Award from the Seymour Boys and Girls Club. He was a Rotarian in the Seymour Rotary Club for many years and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

John believed in his community and he always wanted Seymour to be a community where everyone would want to live and raise a family. He served on the Community Foundation of Jackson County for nine years, served on several other various boards and committees and was named Seymour Citizen of the Year in 2000 by the Chamber of Commerce.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Monday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Dan Staublin officiating and Deacon Mike East assisting. Friends may call at Voss Chapel on Sunday from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Voss Funeral Service will conduct a graveside service at Riverview Cemetery following Mass.

The family request memorials be given through Voss Funeral Service to the Seymour Boys and Girls Club and St. Vincent De Paul.

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