William (Bill) Oliver Brooks, 86, died at his home In Lee’s Summit, MO on Monday January 18, 2021. Bill was born on April 27, 1934 in Grand Chain, Il. As a child & young man, he worked the farm and land that his beloved parents owned. He left southern IL when he was in his mid-20’s and settled in Kansas City, MO. He worked as a laborer for five years before being accepted into the Pipefitters Union. In 1965 Bill met, Virginia (Ginny). The two of them formed a loving partnership and marriage that lasted 50 years, until Ginny passed. Bill was not only a loving father to his two sons, he also raised and loved Ginny’s eight children as if they were his own. The family moved to Lee’s Summit, MO in 1971. Bill and Ginny bought a small home and spent many hours gardening and planting flowers. Bill worked long & hard as a welder for over 30 years. He worked on industrial sized pipes at many iconic buildings in Kansas City. Among them, The Muehlebach Hotel, Municipal Auditorium, Bartle Hall and The Bendix Plant. Bill’s expertise was not limited to welding and pipefitting, he was also a gifted hunter and fisherman. He loved fishing and hunting with his dad, sons, grandsons, nephews and friends. Being outdoors was where Bill thrived, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the call of the wild. The time Bill spent hunting and fishing were some of his most treasured moments. Bill and Ginny were members of First Assembly of God Church in Lee’s Summit MO for over 35 years. The two of them made many friends at their Church, some of whom became as close as family members. Bill volunteered for many projects the Church did in the community. Bill retired from pipefitting work in 1995. He continued to hunt and fish. He also took up painting and woodworking as a hobby. He built many birdhouses and rocking horses, and he painted fabulous landscapes. Bill always had to be active doing something. He was not one to take it easy. He never took time off from life. Bill was a devoted, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend. One could always count on Bill to give a helping hand whenever and wherever it was needed.
Bill was preceded in death by his cherished wife, Ginny, his parents, Hazel and Hershel, his sister & brother-in-law, Janette & Ralph Sommer, his grandson, Nicholas, and granddaughter Mandie.
Bill is survived by his two sons, Steven (Mickie) and Timothy, his eight other kids, Karen (Max), Wayne (Jean), Philip (Shelia), Steven (Michelle), Lori (Ed), Richard (Sherry), Lois (Craig), and Barry, 4 grandsons, 19 other grandchildren, and numerous great grandchildren.
Our hearts are heavy with sadness, though we are also grateful for the beautiful memories of a great and humble man and the knowledge that he had a joyous reunion with his beloved wife and many other family members and friends. Friends may call Monday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, January 25, 2021, at Lee’s Summit First Church, 425 SW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO. Funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. Interment at Lee’s Summit Cemetery following the funeral service. The family suggests contributions to Lee’s Summit First Church. Contributions will be directed to the general fund.