First Posted: 1/3/2006


ROBERT M. BROOKES, 95, died Jan 1, 2006, after a short illness.

He was born April 4, 1910, in Chicago. In 1936, he married Erdwine "Erdie" Brookes, who died in May 2005. They were married for almost 69 years.

Mr. Brookes was a longtime resident of the Springbrook area of Lima and, for the past five years, a resident at Otterbein Retirement Community in Cridersville. He attended Grinnell University until the Depression. He moved to Toledo in 1938, where he was a salesman for Kraft Cheese. In 1946, he joined William & Co. and was its leading salesman for 27 of the next 29 years, retiring in 1975. In Toledo, he was a well-known square dance teacher and caller. He moved to Bath Township in 1955, and renewed his passion for golf as a low handicap golfer at Lost Creek and Bluffton. From his retirement until his death, he spent hours in his workshop making furniture and craft items for family and friends. At Otterbein, he will be fondly remembered for his sawdust-covered overalls and the items he made for the campus, employees and residents.

Survivors include a son, William Brookes of Newtown, Conn.; a daughter, Barbara Reeder of Campbell, Calif.; five grandsons, Robert Brookes of Washington, D.C., David Brookes of Mount Airy, Md., Stephen Brookes of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Brookes Reeder of Oceanside, Calif, and Todd Reeder of Campbell, Calif.; and three great-grandsons, Cameron and Chase Reeder of Oceanside, Calif., and Will Brookes of Mount Airy, Md.

A celebration of his life will begin at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the main dining hall at Otterbein Retirement Community, Cridersville.

Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer's Unit at Otterbein Cridersville.

Arrangements are under the direction of Siferd Funeral Homes.

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