Jim Dean Brooks, 80 of Wayland, died Friday, February 24, 2023, at the Parkview Home in Wayland.
His body has been cremated and interment of his cremains will be at a later date at the Center Cemetery. Beatty Peterseim Funeral, Cremation Care, and Monument Services is caring for Jim. A memorial has been established for the Wayland Fire Department.
Jim graduated from Wayland High School in 1960 and attended Iowa Wesleyan College. He was united in marriage to Eloise (Miller) Brooks on October 10, 1965, in Olds, Iowa. Along with his wife he owned and operated the Brooks Meat Plant. He was a former volunteer firefighter for the city of Wayland. He was an over the road truck driver for many years. And, if you knew Jim, you felt you had driven truck right beside him with the many stories he told. He loved to talk and never knew a stranger. After retiring from City Carton Recycling, he could be found watching the Western and Golf channels, as well as keeping up with his grandchildren’s activities. He enjoyed the many trips to the Lake of the Ozarks, fishing, camping, woodworking, trap shooting, and golf. Most of all he loved his family and was so proud of them.
Jim is survived by his wife Eloise, son Greg (Patty) Brooks of Burlington, IA, two brothers: Rod (Charlene) Brooks of Florida, Sid Brooks of Wayland, IA, one sister Nancy Mattocks of Washington, IA, three grandchildren: Heidi (Benjamin) Robinson of North Liberty, IA, Allison (Chelsea) Klein of Kansas City, MO, Jacob (Kayli) Brooks of Valdosta, GA, three great-grandchildren: William Robinson, Noah Brooks, and Oscar Robinson.
Jim was proceeded in death by his parents, son Jeff “Cookie” and grand puppy Murphy.