Born: June 21, 1937 in Edgar
Died: December 22, 2012 in Juniata
Age: 75 years old
Juniata resident, Rolland Gene Brooks, 75, passed away Saturday, December 22, 2012 at his home.
Services will be Friday, December 28, 2012; 11:00 A.M. at Butler Volland Chapel, Hastings with Pastor Tom Murray officiating. Burial will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Fort Myer, Virginia. Visitation will be Thursday, December 27, 2012; 9:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. and one hour prior to service at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family or Juniata Community Church.
Rolland was born June 21, 1937 in Edgar, Nebraska to Harry & Gladys (Beck) Brooks. After high school graduation he served with the U.S. Army for 20 years stationed at various bases in the United States and around the world. Rolland married Novella Andersen on August 30, 1959 at Juniata Community Church, Juniata, Nebraska. Rolland moved to Juniata in 1976 from Germany. He worked as a computer data processer, worked for Hastings Utilities and after retiring from Hastings Utilities he graduated from Southeast Community College Truck Driving School on the Lincoln Campus. He worked as a truck driver for various companies, school bus driver for District #29 Juniata/Wallace/Adams Central, and drove the Adams County Senior Services Handi Bus. Rolland was a member of Juniata Community Church, American Legion in Juniata, and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Hastings. His church family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family, doing yard work and gardening, fishing and camping. Throughout his life Rolland volunteered his time as a youth sports coach for baseball and was a Boy Scout Master.
82d Airborne Division (2d Airborne Battle Gp, 503d Infantry) Ft. Bragg, N.C.
8 Infantry Division (8th Airborne Brigade) Bad Kreuznach, Germany
Office of Army Chief of Staff, Washington, D.C.
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
U.S. Army Ryukus (Okinawa)
23d Infantry Division (Vietnam) Chu Lai
196th Infantry Brigade (Vietnam) Da Nang (Camp Red Horse)
Computer Systems Command, Presidio of San Francisco
Computer Systems Command, Karlsruhe, Germany
Computer Systems Command, Zweibrucken, Germany
Rolland was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son, Gene Allen Brooks.
Wife: Novella Brooks – Juniata, NE
Sons & Spouses: Martin Brooks – Juniata, NE
Brian & Rosa Maria Brooks – Juniata, NE
Kenneth Brooks – Juniata, NE
Special family friend: Julie Moffre
Grandchildren: Matthew Hartman
Step-Grandchildren: Jennifer Moffre
Sisters & Spouses: Barbara Rynearson – Englewood, CO
Joyce & Larry Bennett – Hastings, NE
Darlene & Jack Stromer – Potter, NE
Brothers & Spouses: Gordon Brooks – Grand Island, NE
Rev. Gayle & Alice Brooks – Gassville, AR
Gary & D’Maris Brooks – Hastings, NE
Numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews