William Alfred Brooks

March 20, 1930 ~ December 3, 2018 (age 88)

William A. Brooks, 88, of East Jordan, died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Eastport Village Care Home.

He was born on March 20, 1930 to Alfred and Marion (Gardner) Brooks in Charlevoix.

On July 23, 1955 he married Jacqueline M. Simpson in East Jordan. They lived in Banks Township, moving to East Jordan in 1960. Jackie preceded him in death in 2017.

Bill served as a flight mechanic in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as foreman for W. A. Porter Construction for many years. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking and leather tooling.

He was affiliated with East Jordan United Methodist Church and enjoyed helping with roast beef dinners and other events.

Surviving are his children Fred (Cindy) Brooks of Charlevoix, Sally (Tom Grutsch of East Jordan, and Ginny (Brad) Petrie of East Jordan; grandchildren Seth Grutsch, Shawn Grutsch, Becky Grutsch, Alex Grutsch, Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Allen Brooks, Rachel Harden, Laura Harden; six great-grandchildren; and a sister Elizabeth Hoffmann of Charlevoix. Besides his wife Jackie, he was preceded in death by twin grandsons George Brooks and Gregory Brooks

The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Hastings Funeral Home in Ellsworth with the Rev. Celia M. Hastings officiating. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service. Burial will be in Antrim City Cemetery in Banks Township.

The family is served by Hastings Funeral Home in Ellsworth, online at

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