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In memory of

Lloyd R. Brooks

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, October 6, 2005 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 84

Lloyd R. Brooks was born February 6, 1921 on his parents’ farm seventeen miles north of Philip, the son of George and Lulu (Woodson) Brooks. He received his elementary education in rural schools in that Elbon community, and later attended Philip High School. As a young man, he drove gravel truck to help support his mother after his father passed away.

In 1943 Lloyd was united in marriage to Dorothy Stephens and to this union a son Michael was born. On August 13, 1943 he entered the United States Army, serving during WWII. After his honorable discharge on March 21, 1946 he returned to Philip.

Lloyd was united in marriage to Alice Watson on March 18, 1947 at Pierre, South Dakota, and to this union were born three children Steve, Dan, and Karla. They made their home on a ranch southwest of Philip which they operated until 1986, when they retired and moved into Philip.

Lloyd enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. He also enjoyed going back to the ranch to fix fence and other chores.

Lloyd was a member of the United Church and the V.F.W. Post #3069, both of Philip.

Grateful for having shared his life include his wife Alice Brooks of Philip; two sons Michael Stephens and his wife Sheri of Redmond, Oregon, and Dan Brooks and his wife Debra of Madison, Wisconsin; a daughter Karla Kroetch and her husband Steve of Philip; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; one sister Hazel Caven of Spokane, Washington; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Lloyd was preceded in death by a son Lloyd Stephen "Steve" Brooks on May 27, 1992; a grandson Lloyd Martin Brooks in infancy; his parents; four brothers Marvin, Earl, Kenneth, and Melvin Brooks; and three sisters Marvel Colvin, Lena Werner, and Helen Brooks.

Visitation was held 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Monday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 10, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Mark Ford officiating.

Interment with military honors by the V.F.W. Post #3069, and the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173, both of Philip, was in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip.

A memorial is established.

Monday, October 10, 2005 10:00 a.m.
United Church
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Mark Ford
Cynthia Finn - Pianist
Music By
Glenn Parsons
"Oh My Papa"
"Eyes On A Sparrow"
"Go Rest High On The Mountain"
Larry Swift – Bart Ramsey
Darral Brooks – Matt Reedy
Martin Kroetch – Jaris Kroetch
Jesse Brooks – Robert Brooks
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
V.F.W. Post #3069
Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173


  • My thoughts and prayers have been with you and will continue to be. I miss you all! God Bless you.
    Hugs, Jenny
    ~ Jennifer Rislov Jones High Point, North Carolina (10/6/2005)
  • We enjoyed having Lloyd and Alice as neighbors. ~ Hugh & Delia Harty Philip (10/6/2005)
  • Karla, Micky, and family-
    We were sorry to hear that you had lost Lloyd. The past couple of weeks must have been very difficult. Many of us in the community are praying for you and we hope that knowing so many people hold you in their thoughts brings some comfort to you. Our sympathy to all the family.
    ~ The Hamill Family Milesville (10/6/2005)
  • We extend sincere sympathy to the family in the loss of Lloyd. His passion for the farm was evident and he loved to see the Spring of the year and watch things grow. A good card game always brought a smile too. Bill spent a lot of time playing a good game of pitch with him over the years. May you find strength in your faith through these trying times. ~ Bill & Marsha Sumpter Kadoka, SD (10/6/2005)
  • Thinking of you and your family. God Bless in this hard time ~ Darcy Swift Sioux Falls (10/6/2005)
  • I got to know Lloyd while working for Dr. Swisher in Kadoka. I loved to visit with him and just take in his smile and the gentle way he had about him. I am thinking about all of you that loved him so very much. God Bless you all! ~ Joni Prichard-Thomsen Longvalley (10/6/2005)