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Richard Eugene Brooks, 60, St. Joseph, MO

Richard Eugene Brooks formerly known as Ricky Lynn Best age 60, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 in a Saint Joseph, MO hospital.
Richard Eugene Brooks formerly known as Ricky Lynn Best age 60, of Saint Joseph, Missouri, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 in a Saint Joseph, MO hospital.

He was born May 3, 1953 in St. Joseph, MO, son of LaDonna and Robert Best.

He married Patty Jennings on November 24, 1978 and she survives of the home.

He served in the Marines and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked at St. Joe Structural Steel, AJ Mueller, Johnson Controls, and Sara Lee as a Fitter Welder. He loved working with his hands, he was very history oriented, and loved reading Civil War books, he enjoyed horses, but most especially spending time with his grandchildren, and he was a Christian.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Shirley Best.

Survivors include, wife, Patty Brooks, of the home, son, David Brooks and companion Kim Sparks of St. Joseph, MO, daughter, Windee Brooks and husband Steven Bowden of Union Star, MO, grandchildren: Jourdain, Carson, Ayden, Ebonee, Mahoganee, Darwin, and Beatrix, three brothers, Robert Best Jr., David Johnson, and Ernie Best, five sisters, Debbie (Denny) Baskins of Troy, KS, Christina (Steve) Hess of Amazonia, Toni (Robert) Curry of Tuscan, CA., Cindy Best, and Mona Best of St. Joseph, MO. and mother-in-law, Peggy Jennings of St. Joseph, MO.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday at the Rupp Funeral Home. The Inurnment will be at the Leavenworth National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are requested to the Richard Brooks memorial fund in care of the Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolence and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com.
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