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Joseph Howard Brooks


Joseph Howard Brooks, 85, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, surrounded by his family and loving staff at Venetian Gardens in Loveland.

Joe was born in his family home in Jewitt on Jan. 14, 1928, to the late Ferdinand and Lena Brooks.

After graduating from Carrollton High School, he attended The Ohio State University. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity receiving his agricultural engineering degree in 1951. Thereafter, he served as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean war using his knowledge and expertise in farming.

He met and married his wife of 56 years, Nancy Crane, in Lancaster. Joe and Nancy worked and raised two daughters in Lancaster, Circleville, Arcanum and Bellefontaine.

Over his life, he was employed in a variety of agricultural management positions, and founded his own business, “Grass Roots.”

Joe took the time to teach, coach and mentor others and never met a stranger.

Joe, or “OMB” (Old Man Brooks), as he preferred to be called, was a hard working, generous, humble, kind, thankful and humorous man. Joe loved his church, work outdoors, nature, music, dancing, reading, a good joke, and thoughtful conversation.

He possessed a unique talent for making others feel special, whether they were an old friend or a new acquaintance.

Joe is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters, Julie (Kurt) Augsburger of Mariemont and Sally (Dan) Brooks Krage of Milford; six granddaughters, Katie, Suzie and Hannah Augsburger and Gwen, Tess and Lydia Krage. He was preceded in death by a sister, Miriam Manfull, and brother, Gilbert Brooks.

A celebration of Joe’s life is at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Craver-Riggs Funeral Home and Crematory, 529 Main St., Milford 45150.

In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials be directed to the Clermont County Senior Services,; and the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association,

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