R. Ned Brooks, 86, formerly of North Manchester, died on Dec. 8 at 7:20 p.m. at Hospice of the Valley, Glendale, Ariz. He was born on March 5, 1927 to Raymond and Beatrice (Churchill) Brooks in North Manchester.
He graduated from Central High School in North Manchester in 1945. He was a member of the American Legion Post #286, a member and past Governor of Moose Lodge #1518, both at North Manchester and the Eagles Lodge. He worked as a Personal Lines Manager for Travelers Insurance Company in South Bend and Chicago, from 1952-1985. He married Mary Jane Bowman on Aug. 29, 1947.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, John (Audrey) Brooks, Denver, Colo. and David Brooks, Glendale, Ariz.; a daughter, Nedra (David) Simmler, Glendale, Ariz.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.