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James E. Brooks

James Brooks


James Edward Brooks, Age 83 of West Liberty, formerly of LaPorte, Ind., passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at the West Liberty Nursing and Rehab in West Liberty.

He was born September 25, 1935 in Chicago, Ill., to his loving parents Harold and Anna (McLaughlin) Brooks on September 1, 1962.  He married Charlotte Anne Keeton in Black Oak, Ind.

Mr. Brooks was quite the movie enthusiast.  The older the film, the better time he had watching it.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1955 and received an honorable discharge in 1957.  He spent many hours working on electrical projects and worked for 40 years as a locomotive engineer for the Inland Steel Company.  He and his wife, Charlotte, moved away from the area in 2008, but made many memories in the North West Indiana area.  His devotion to family and friends will be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Charlotte Brooks of Indiana; devoted daughters, Heather (Richard) Shapiro, Bethany Pelfrey; grandchildren, Manda Pelfrey, Stephanie (Scott) Auker, Sylvia (Joseph) Robertson, Liat, Isaac, Avital, Gil, and Naomi Shapiro; five great-grandchildren; brother, Larry (Kathy) Brooks; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Harold and Anna Brooks; brother, Harold Brooks; and son-in-law, Rodney Pelfrey.

His funeral service and celebration was held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Ave., Crown Point, IN, 46307 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 12 p.m.  Pastor Tom McDonnell officiated.

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements for Mr. Brooks, please leave words of condolences and stories on the website at www.chapellawnfunerals.com

This is a paid obituary.

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