Paul's Life Story
Paul Brooks was born on March 4, 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Gertrude and Howard Brooks. Paul’s life changed dramatically at the age of ten (10) when his Mother Gertrude passed away. After his Mother’s death Paul was raised by a very large family: Grandma Evelyn. Grandpa Alvin, and his many Aunts, Uncles and cousins.
Paul loved spending his summers in Algoma, Wisconsin with his Aunt Marie and Uncles Eddie, Verney and Elmer. When in Algoma he loved riding his bike on the back roads even when he was chased by the farmer’s pig. He knew ever back road in Kewanee County.
The trip to Florida with his Dad to visit his Grandparents was also something Paul enjoyed. Paul’s Grandma Evelyn, was a smart women because she predicted that someday Paul and Jody’s (his cousin) friend Terry would make such a nice couple. That was even before Terry met Paul.
Grandma Evelyn’s prediction came true many years later on October 13, 1979 when they were married. On July 26, 1983, Paul and Terry were blessed with a son Rory. Eleven days later Rory became an “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”. The “lights were turned off” until ten years later when their daughter Kelsey was born on December 14, 1989 and became the “light of their lives. Paul was very proud of Kelsey’s accomplishments including playing volleyball at Riverside University High School and graduating a “Badger” from The University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Paul enjoyed many things like smelt fishing, building campfires, driving around in his Ford truck and listening to music from the 1920’s and on. Paul liked “old” things. Paul especially loved listening to his Zenith short wave radio from the Korean War era. All his life Paul loved radios and he could fix anything. Paul loved learning about astronomy. All of his nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces had to be shown how an egg could stand on its end during the Vernal Equinox. If you needed to know the time all you had to do was ask Paul. He made sure every watch and clock was set exactly to the Atomic clock.
Paul was a strong man of few words that loved living a simple life. Besides Terry, Kelsey and his family his joys in life were his “pups”: Big Boy, Teddy, Ginger, Lucy, Ruby, Mazey and his “Grand dog Sophie.
Rest in Peace Paul. You too are now an “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground”.