James Edward  Brooks

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“Dear Carol - We wish to extend our condolences to you and your sons. Whenever I think of Jim, I remember the Halloween party at your house on...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Piteau - Belleview, FL

“Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to the entire family. Jeff stothard ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Jeff Stothard - Bay City, MI

“Extremely sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I learned of his death this afternoon, too late for the funeral. He was a man of convictions. Jim and my...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jack Campbell - Essexville, MI

“To you Jim Brooks, I hope you catch the biggest fish and shoot the largest deer. Rest In Peace old buddy.Your neighbor and friend,Ken. Hi ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Ken Swincicki - Essexville, MI

“To You Jim Brooks,I hope you catch the biggest fish and shoot the biggest deer.Rest in peace old buddy. Your. Neighbor ,Ken. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Kenneth Swincicki - Essexville, MI

“Carol,We were so sorry to learn of Jim's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With heartfelt sympathy,Al and Sally Moore ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Keith and family,Sending thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. He was a kind and giving man. Wishing you all comfort during...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Bridget

“Carol ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Jan Wejrowski - Bay City, MI

“Dear Carol,Saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved husband, Jim. Last time I saw you both was at our 35th class reunion.With sincere sympathy...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol so sorry to hear the passing of Jim. Sending our love and blessings, please pass on our sympathy to your son's and family. Don and Janet ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“Carol and family, I am so saddened to read of Jim's passing but no more suffering, and I pray you all find peace with all your loving memories. (You...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Joan Fehrenbach - Essexville, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of your loved one. May the God of peace and comfort be with the family during this most difficult...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“This news is never easy, our hearts are heavy with the loss of Jim, however I hold tight to the truth that this is not the end it is only the...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Celeste Sprague - Bay city, MI

“Jim always greeted me in church with, "Well-Hello there, young lady!" All of us at Bethel will miss our dear Jim. Our sincere condolences, Carol and...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Sandy & Jerry Krohn - Essexville, MI

“I had the pleasure of meeting Jim & Carol in Henderson, Nevada. They were such a lovely couple . One could tell immediately that they were...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Sue & David Dodd - NV

“My thoughts and prayers to the Brooks family. May GOD be with you in this time of loss.--Angie ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Angie Hacker - Quanicassee, MI


James Edward Brooks, age 76, was called home by his Savior on Sunday morning, November 24, 2019, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born in Tawas on April 9, 1943, the son of the late Claude and Alberta Brooks.
On October 17, 1964, Jim married his high school sweetheart, Carol R. Anschuetz at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tawas City. They were married 55 years. The Lord blessed them with 3 sons. His strong faith and knowledge of the Lord was passed on to his family: Jeffrey & Robin Brooks of Anchorage, AK, Keith & Angela Brooks of Coleman, MI and James & Sandy Brooks of Las Vegas, NV. God also blessed him with six beautiful grandchildren: Anna & James, Alivia & Jayson, and Brianna & Tyler, one sister Patricia & special brother-in-law, Roger Steffes, his brother-in-law Mike Anschuetz, a sister-in-law Marlene Anschuetz and many special nieces and nephews who all loved their Uncle Jim dearly. He was preceded in death by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Bill & Arlene Olsen, Cliff & Rose Anschuetz, Clyde & Gayle Anschuetz, George and Gay Lemuel, Jack & Shirley Bowers, Pat Anschuetz, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Arnold & Augusta Anschuetz.
After high school, Jim went into the Skilled Trades Tool & Die apprenticeship program. Jim worked in the skilled trades at General Motors Powertrain in Bay City for 33 years and was a member of the U.A.W. Local 362. Jim retired in 1998 at the age of 55 to be able to enjoy life with his family & travel to many places-Africa to visit his son, Jeffrey, who was in the Peace Corp., Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Las Vegas and Mexico. Jim was an avid hunter and had many happy times traveling with his 3 sons on hunting/fishing trips to several states and Canada.
Jim was a faithful member of Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church for 50 years in Bay City, serving on many different boards, as an elder, usher, trustee, school board and helped the ladies serve many funeral dinners. He was always at Carol's side.
The family will receive friends and family at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. and at Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. until the funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Killinger. Private interment will be at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Tawas City. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may give memorials to Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church at www.bethellutheranbc.org/giving (use the space marked for special gift or memorial).