Robert Franklin, “Bob”, Brooks Sr, 100, a resident of Kansas City Missouri, passed away peacefully Friday, January 20, 2020 at Tiffany Springs Rehabilitation Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born October 13, 1922 to Frank and Opal Brooks in El Reno Oklahoma.
Bob was united in marriage in 1947 to Nyta Alene Armstrong of Tulsa Oklahoma. They resided in Cushing, Oklahoma where he worked in his family’s men’s clothing store, Brooks Clothiers.
Bob was a charismatic, loving man with a great sense of humor. He was known for his storytelling and positive outlook on life, and his love of family especially his grandchildren.
He was active in his community, he belonged to the 1st Christian Church until the family moved to Grain Valley in 2006, where he was a very active member of the Crossroads Church. As a lifetime member of the Rotary Club, he served as his local Rotary Club President, as Assistant District Governor and received its’ Lifetime Achievement award in 2006. He served as a volunteer guide at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City. He also volunteered in his local elementary school “mentorship” program working with students with reading disabilities. He also enjoyed spending time with all his friends at Vespers.
Bob attended Oklahoma State University for two years before joining the Army Air Corps from1943 to 1946. After the war’s end he returned to Cushing to work in the family men’s clothing store until 1955 when he moved to Kansas City to take a job as sales manager for McGregor Men’s Wear company. In 1975 he retired from McGregor and started his second career by returning to Cushing and purchasing the Brooks’ Clothiers from his father. Bob then started his third career, after closing his family store in 1990, at the age of 67 and became a sound engineer at the Hawlett Racing Circuit racetrack in Northeast Oklahoma. He was honored in 2001 as the Sound Control Worker of the Year by the Sports Car Club of America. He worked at the track until 2004, retiring from racing at the age of 82. In addition to his love of racing and sports car enthusiast, Bob was an avid golfer, raced dirt bikes competitively and was a charter life member of the American Motorcyclist Association.
Bob is survived by his son, Robert Brooks “Bob” Brooks Jr., his wife Jennifer from Scottsdale Arizona, his daughter, Kathy Gross of Kansas City, Missouri, and his six grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his brother James Edward Brooks and his wife Nyta Brooks.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs. A Celebration of Life for Bob will be held in April here in Kansas City. Memories of Robert and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.