George Brooks, Age: 80
Nov 23, 1938 -- May 3, 2019

George was born in Lexington, MO on November 23, 1938, to Guy Adolphice and Elizabeth Alice (Willard) Brooks. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Shelia Davis, brother-in-law Doug Adkison and son-in-law John Gardner.

A graduate of Mayview High School, he was a member the 1956 Mayview High School basketball team that made it to the state finals for which the entire team was inducted into the Odessa High School Hall of Fame in 2016.  After high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy.   George was united in marriage to Jean Adams on September 1, 1962. 

George first retired in 1997 from a 30 year career with Yellow Freight Systems.  After his retirement, he followed his passion for computers and started a 19 year second career working as a database programmer for United States Gypsum, retiring for the final time in 2017. 

George enjoyed playing golf, being commissioner of his fantasy football league, eating a nice meal with family and friends, trips with Jean in his minivan to visit his grandkids in Colorado and home improvement projects around the house.  He also volunteered his time and programming skills to several non-profits 

George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean, son Jeff, daughters Lori Gardner and Lisa Ellis (Kyle), and grandchildren Cassie and Nick Gardner. He is also survived by his siblings Virgie Stratton (Bill), Karen Adkison, John Brooks, Bob Brooks (Carol), and brother-in-law Jim Davis, as well as dozens of nieces and nephews. 

There will be a memorial service at Atonement Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Ks at 11:00 am Thursday, May 9th followed by a luncheon at the church.  The family will have a private burial at the Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Atonement Lutheran Church, The American Stroke Association, or any charity of choice.  



Condolences

mike pace May 07 ,2019

friend ,overland park ,Kansas

I am so sorry to hear about George. He was a wonderful friend to me when we worked at Yellow. We would play guitars, sing, play softball for Yellow, ping pong with friends and just visit. We have lost touch over the years and regret that I did not know he was sick so I could have visited him and recount old times. May God comfort Jean and the children.

Debbie Newman Jackson May 07 ,2019

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

I had the privilege of knowing George from Yellow and, upon retirement, had the chance to visit with him at the retirees luncheon. He will be missed by all who knew him. Peace to the family.

Bob Day May 07 ,2019

bobdayopks@gmail.com ,Overland Park ,Kansas

I have had the privilege of working with five truly great people in my career. George is one of those. I worked for/with George from 1984 until his first retirement from Yellow. George was always an encouraging presence, a truly gentle man, thoughtful and thought provoking. His smile would set the tone for another event filled day. As I pass the rehabilitation facility where George was relearning how to walk, speak and otherwise care for himself after his stroke I always think of our hours together there. He was not going to give in. He was determined to overcome. I am thankful for knowing George and I pray the family feel blessed for the good memories they have had.

Steve and Liz Deveney May 07 ,2019

Steve is Bob’s co-worker ,Lexington ,Missouri

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cindy Becklean May 08 ,2019

Friend ,INDEPENDENCE ,Missouri

So sorry to the Brooks family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Chris and Barb Mahring May 10 ,2019

Friend and Neighbor ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Jean, Jeff, Lori and Lisa, The Mahring family will miss George more than words can say. We will forever cherish being friends and neighbors and the kindness he showed our family. He was truly the best. Love, Barb and Chris