Virgil O. Brooks

Born: Fri., Feb. 10, 1939
Died: Thu., Jun. 9, 2011

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Virgil O. Brooks - a longtime resident of Helix, Oregon, died June 9, 2011 in the St. Mary's Medical Center, Walla Walla, Washington. He was 72 years old. Memorial Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 3:30 P.M. in the Helix Cemetery, Helix, Oregon. Memorial contributions in his memory may be directed to the Helix Fire Department, and may be sent care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. Sign the online guestbook or send condolences at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Brooks was born February 10, 1939 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was the son of Holman and Anna I. Wein Brooks. He married Helen C. Lacy on October 4, 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona. The couple moved to Pendleton in 1965. While here Mr. Brooks worked as Head Custodian for the Pendleton High School for 17 years. In 1979 the couple moved to Helix, Oregon. Mr. Brooks then became the Helix Fire Chief and continued in that position for 27 years. After his retirement he lived in Hermiston for a time, and most recently he resided in Weston, Oregon. He had been honored as the Helix Citizen of the Year in 2005. He greatly enjoyed rock hounding, CB Radios, spending time with his family, music and animals. He will be remembered as a man who enjoyed people and made friends wherever he went. He is survived by three children and spouses: a son, Steven Brooks and wife Kaari, daughter, Jeanne Bennett of Hermiston, daughter, Susan Rachor and husband Roy of Weston, one brother, Roy Brooks of Arizona, five sisters, Betty Schwanz, Pat Macarri, Marge Dietzman, and Dana Young, all of Arizona, and Bonnie Smith of New Mexico. 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Helen, one sister, Virginia Boyles and a son-in-Law, Bill Bennett.

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Tanya Hunt
   Posted Tue June 14, 2011
I would like to tell you all how very sorry we are for the loss of grandpa!!! he will be very much missed!!!!! he was a great man!!!

John and Betty Chase
   Posted Fri June 17, 2011
To Virgils family. Virgil was a wonderful man, hard worker and full of life. I always admired him and I know you all will miss him dearly.

Robert Park
   Posted Sat June 18, 2011
I first met Virgil and his wife Helen shortly after they came to Helix. And when I returned in 2005, I purchased a home next door to him. Virgil was a good friend and a great neighbor. I enjoyed our talks when he would come over for a cup of coffee, or if I went over to see him. I was saddened when he had to leave Helix, but we still chatted on the phone. Virgil had a way of expressing himself so that there was no misunderstanding what he was saying. My son Ron, who started working with Virgil in the fire department also expressed his sorrow at Virgil's passing. I know he missed his wife very much, but now they are together again. God bless you Virgil.

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