Eugene A. Brooks


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Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 05:25:49 CST

Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene A. Brooks will be conducted from the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Orleans, Nebraska on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Jamie Hottovy officiating. Rosary will be recited prior to the Mass on Monday at the church at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be held in the Ft. McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell with Military Honors provided by the North Platte Honor Guard in conjunction with the United States Navy Military Honors Team.

Eugene Arnold Brooks, 86 years of age, of Oxford, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Eugene was born on June 20, 1927 at Gothenburg, Nebraska, one of eight children born to Earl and Clara (Gronewald) Brooks. He received his primary education from a country school in Dawson County and then completed his schooling at Gothenburg High School.

Following his education, Eugene was inducted into the United States Navy on September 4, 1944, serving his country during WWII until his honorable discharge on June 27, 1946.

On July 30, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Lee Schrader at Gothenburg and to this union four children were born: Eugene Jr., Dennis, Douglas, and Jody. The family made their home in North Platte, Nebraska, before moving to Lincoln in 1954. In 1963, the family relocated to Oxford, where Eugene was a partner in Better-Buys, Inc. In 1966, they purchased Brodahl Ford of Oxford and renamed the dealership, Brooks Ford, Inc., which Gene owned and operated until his retirement. At this time, Gene was proud of the fact to relinquish the daily operations to his sons. On June 26, 1981, Gene was preceded in death by his wife, Mary. Gene then established XL Corporation in 1987. Throughout the years, Gene also had interest in the Good Year Tire Store, was a distributor of modular homes, and was the main driving force in the design and construction of the Cardinal Country Club in Oxford. On May 22, 1982, he was united in marriage to Orvene Johnson. The couple continued to make their home in Oxford, and enjoyed spending winters at their home in San Carlos, Mexico. They also enjoyed traveling together, were avid golfers, and most of all loved spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition, Gene also had many hobbies that included: building RC model airplanes, was a good cook, enjoyed playing music on the organ, was a quality carpenter, loved summers at the lake with the family and enjoyed annually hosting hunting seasons with friends from across the country. He was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Oxford, the Oxford Rotary Club for many years, and past member of the American Legion.

Besides his parents and first wife, Mary; Eugene was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Brooks, Jr.; one granddaughter, Pamela and a grandson, Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Lauren; three brothers: twin brothers: Leland and Leroy in infancy, and Walt Brooks; two sisters: Alice Brooks as a teenager and Gayle Henggeler.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his wife, Orvene of Oxford; one daughter, Jody Lau and her husband, Scott of Lincoln, Nebraska; two sons: Dennis Brooks and his wife, Renae of Oxford and Doug Brooks and his wife, Ann of Arapahoe, Nebraska; daughter-in-law, Toni Brooks of Grand Island, Nebraska; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford on Sunday, February 2, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established in Gene’s honor and kindly suggested to the Cardinal Country Club in Oxford.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at

The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.