Glen L. Brooks

RAPID CITY-Glen L. Brooks, 96, Rapid City and formerly of Bennett Co. died at Westhills Health Care on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

Funeral services will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 2, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home with time to visit with the family after the service. Interment will follow at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with military honors provided by the Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota National Guard.

Glen was born October 4, 1916 at the family ranch near Cody, Neb., to Mabel and Louis Brooks. A few years later the family moved to a ranch in southeast Bennett Co., SD. Glen began his ranching career at the age of 16 when he operated the family ranch while his father took a job for a time in Wyoming during the Depression. Glen was married to Dorothy Johnson on May 15, 1943 in Olympia, Washington. At that time, Glen was serving in the Army’s 96th Infantry Division and was stationed on the West Coast. Glen was then shipped overseas and fought in the Philippines and Okinawa invasions. Glen was awarded a bronze star for his valor in those campaigns and received a purple heart when he was wounded by a sniper in Okinawa. When Glen was discharged from the Army he and Dorothy bought a ranch in Bennett Co. where they ranched for 52 years. Glen and Dorothy enjoyed ranch life, raising cattle, hay meadows, the changing seasons, and activities with family and friends.

Glen was a longtime member of Tuthill Presbyterian Church and 1st Presbyterian Church in Rapid City. He served as a church elder. He was a member of the American Legion, served on the board of Lacreek Electric, and was a member of Canyon Lake Senior Center. Glen was a devoted husband and father. He never missed an activity of his daughters and was always there to lend a hand and give support in any way he could. He was thrilled to become a grandpa and dearly loved his girls. In 1997 Glen and Dorothy sold their ranch and moved to Rapid City where they made many new friends. They enjoyed many more years of attending their granddaughters activities, dancing at the senior centers, and traveling the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, and Hawaii. 

Glen is survived by his daughters, Dianne Rand, Albuquerque, N.M., and Carolee (Gary) Hoekman, Rapid City; four granddaughters, April Master, Albuquerque, N.M., Alisha (Jared) Likness, Amber (Eric) DeGraff, and Jenna (Scott) Aberson and six great-grandchildren, all from the Minneapolis area.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; parents, Louis and Mabel Brooks; sister, Pauline Hines; and brothers, Knute Brooks and Francis Brooks. 

A memorial has been established at First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City.

His online guestbook is available to sign at

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