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Dr. Kenneth A. Brooks, 72, of Kirkland, Illinois, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018, at home.
Born September 5, 1945, in Knoxville, Iowa, the son of Arlie and Lillian Hazel (Gentry) Brooks, Dr. Brooks was the former superintendent of Hiawatha School District. He married Martha Spencer on June 9, 1968, in Knoxville, Iowa.
Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1968-71. Ken then began a career in education as consultant, principal and finally superintendent. A lifelong believer in higher education, Ken earned his Doctorate of Educational Administration Degree from Northern Illinois University in May 1985.
A member of Kirkland United Methodist Church, Ken had also been involved in Rotary International and other service organizations in the various communities where he lived. He enjoyed golf and traveling.
Survivors include his daughters, Kim (Patrick) Brosnahan of Arlington Heights and Karissa Werner of Schaumburg; grandchildren, Kyle, Justin, Anna and Nicholas; two brothers, Gerald and Paul; a nephew, Kevin (Maria) Brooks; and his great-niece and -nephew, Sarah and Matthew.
He was predeceased by his wife, Martha, in 2016; his parents; and two brothers, Duane and Wayne.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Kirkland United Methodist Church, 300 West South Street, Kirkland, with the Rev. Jenny Weber officiating. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. February 10 at the church.
Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood.
Memorials to Kirkland United Methodist Church, 300 West South Street, Kirkland, IL 60146, or memorial gifts may be made to the NIU Foundation, P.O. Box 746, DeKalb, IL 60115, for a fund being established for Dr. Brooks.
The family extends special thanks to the Kirkland United Methodist Church community.
Arrangements are by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Quiram Kirkland Chapel, 309 S. Fifth St., Kirkland.

Condolences & Shared Memories (21)

  1. Alrita Benish

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a kind gentleman. I was his Administrative Assistant when he was Superintendent at the Royall School District, in Elroy, Wisconsin. When reading the obituary, I was sorry to see that Martha had passed. He must have missed her terribly. Again, may I send my sincere condolences to your families.

  2. Richard and Vickie Rasmussen

    So sorry for your loss. Ken and Martha were wonderful neighbors.

  3. Walt & Linda Crowley

    Kim & Karissa, you and your families have our sincere sympathy on the passing of your father. May God's love, and caring family and friends help you through this difficult time.

  4. Roger N. Cavitt

    Ken and Martha were close friends to my late wife and I . We traveled together and partied as well. Ken and I recently talk to some time by phone as well as computer. He was a very dear friend and will be missed by all. The best to his daughters and grandchildren. You are in my prayers and thoughts.

  5. Cindy Stevens

    So sorry for your loss....prayers for all of you......Rip Ken

  6. Harley Becknall

    Ken you are missed, Our Prayers are With the the family. God Bless

  7. Debi Szafranski

    Karissa - so sorry for your lossðŸ'–May your Dad Rest In Peace. He will live on in your heart forever and always

  8. Ted Eller

    Ken and I grew up in Knoxville, Iowa and lived one block from each other. He was truly a "good guy". He was naturally kind and optimistic and had many friends. He loved sports and was a gifted athlete. I spent many happy hours playing basketball with neighbor kids behind Ken's garage. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  9. Hiawatha CUSD #426

    On behalf of Hiawatha CUSD #426 we send our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Ken Brooks. He was of great service as a leader of our school and advocate for children. His impact on our district and the Kirkland/surrounding communities will be remembered for years to come.

  10. Bonnie Bishop

    Karissa, Pat and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. Hopefully your happy memories of time together will comfort you and your family.

  11. Donna and Ty Turner

    Your parents were so very proud of their family. Your dad lit up as he talked about being with all of you and celebrating special events. He always told me do the things while you can because you never know when you will get another chance, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Mrs. Michael Becker

    May God surround your family with his love, peace, strength and healing at this time. Bless you all. He was a wonderful man.

  13. Lon & Lynn Garrison

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We were able to have gotten to know Dr Brooks and family when he was principal of the Polo High School and Karissa being a good friend of our children. Our sincere sympathy.

  14. Art Applegate

    I've known Ken from the 5th grade in Knoxville. He's been a great friend for all these many years. I will miss both Ken and Martha! My condolences to Kim and Karissa an their families.

  15. Dann Stevens

    So sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I was honored to get to know the family when I became friends with Wayne and Duane. All of the brothers were very proud of each other, especially Ken and his success in high school athletics. I will miss his visits and conversations. My prayers for the families.

  16. Jim Carmichael

    Very sorry for your loss, remember a lot of good times playing basketball with Ken, had the smoothest jump shot from the side and would always play his heart out. Good friend in high school

  17. Judith Carpenter Medeiros

    Went to high school with your Dad, so sorry for your loss, prayers to family

  18. Linda Johnson

    So sorry to hear of Kens passing.i know how much he was looking forward to his get away in Florida. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all Kens family

  19. Pat and Joan Brosnahan

    We offer our sympathy to Kim, Patrick, Kyle and Justin and Karissa, Anna and Nicholas and the entire Brooks Family. Ken was so very proud of his daughters and grandchildren. We shared many happy celebrations and holidays together with Ken and Martha. He will be missed.

  20. Rosemary DeMoss

    went to knoxville high with your dad, sorry to hear of your loss

  21. Gene & Annette Shields

    Our condolences to the family. We both knew Ken (and Martha) from his days at Kirkland Schools. So sorry to hear of his passing.

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