Albert Lee Brooks
Funeral services for Albert Lee Brooks, 90, Lawrence will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Lee was born February 17, 1925 in Winfield, KS the son of Paul and Data (Miles) Brooks. He was their second child with 6 brothers and sisters: Dale, Nadine, Margaret, Ray, David, and Shirley.
Lee served his country in the United States Air Force from 1943 to 1967 retiring at the rank of Major. After retirement, Lee attended KU where he completed his Bachelor’s and then his M.A. in Education from the University of Kansas in 1974. Subsequently, he taught at Oskaloosa High School followed by many years at KU Athletics.
He married Rita LaFay Conrad on November 6, 1949 in Lawrence, KS. LaFay survives and is living in Ashburn, VA.
Other survivors include two sons, Steven Brooks, Elberton, GA, Thomas Brooks, Ashburn, VA; and eight grandchildren, Ryan Brooks, Adam Brooks, David Swayze, Amy Zimmerman, Timothy Brooks, Toby Brooks, Theodore Brooks, and Tracy Brooks. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Connie Brooks on March 9, 2003.
The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at 2:00 p.m. at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be sent in care of the mortuary.
Dear LaFay and family,
You are in my heart and prayers at this difficult time. Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease and we are happy that Lee is no longer suffering. He was a wonderful husband, father and friend. I will cherish the happy memories from our good times together.
My dear LaFay, and family,
Your dear husband was dear to me and our family. We always
had a good time with him and joyous memories. Our conversations still recall the games we played and many laughs.
Lee was a friend and loving person. Always helpful and wise and had such a great and warm persona.
He is now well and with God our Savior.
It was clear from the first time I met “the Major” that this was a quietly confident, low-key and wonderfully likeable military vet who reminded me of Chuck Yeager immediately. One of the few times I had to spend with him, we played golf on Thanksgiving in the cold, and I had spent the entire 18 holes getting him excited about the hamburger and fried onions place we were heading to afterward. When the Craig girls tried to convince us to taste-test more quiche instead, I pushed for sticking with the hamburger plan, and the smile on the Major’s face told me I made the right decision! I wish I had had more time to enjoy with this modest and warm war hero, but I can still see that smile he had after tasting that “Hackneyburger”. May heaven be filled with unlimited joy for you, Major, and no more quiche!
I am so sorry for your loss. It has been a long time since I have seen you but I think about our high school years together. Wishing you peace.
Your old high school friend,
Lorene Sharp Davison