Shortly thereafter he volunteered for duty in the United States Army and served in Vietnam in the Signal Corps. When he returned home, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he ran the Army Boxing Arena.
In 1969 Bob began a very successful corporate career when he became a salesman for McNeil Laboratories, a division of Johnson & Johnson. During the next 13 years he was promoted 10 times and moved from Missouri to Pennsylvania, California, Florida, and Connecticut. During this time he was responsible for bringing to market much of the technology in medical devices that are common in hospitals all around the world today.
At age 47, Bob decided to retire from corporate life and purchased a small resort in the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. Many families came back each year and became more like family than guests. During his time at the Oxbow Resort, Bob became a member of the Masons and Shriners. In 1998, Bob was elevated to the Chair as the Worshipful Master of the Republican Lodge, founded by Paul Revere.
After 10 years at the Oxbow, Bob moved to Florida to pursue an eight year education in Ministry. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Ministry, where he graduated Valedictorian of his class. As well as a Master of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry, a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry, and a Ph.D in Christian Psychology. Bob graduated with the designation of Summa Cum Laude throughout Seminary School, never earning less than an ‘A’ in any of his courses. He was also an Ordained Southern Baptist Minister and a Board Certified Christian Counselor. Over the last 15 years, he served as a volunteer in both Florida and Texas as a Chaplain. In addition to his many achievements, he also was awarded a patent in 2013.
Throughout his life he demonstrated his personal philosophy- Finish Well! He is survived by Linda, his wife of 53 years, daughter, Kristen and her husband Martin Litwak, his son Matthew Brooks, and daughter Becky and her husband Kevin Rutherford. His grandchildren include Samantha, Jessica, Rachael, and Thomas Thompson. Colton Butcher, Victoria Rutherford, and Wesley Brooks all of Hallsville, Texas.
Services for Robert Brooks will be held Monday, May 13, at 12:00 noon in the Chapel of Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 12 from 4-6 PM. Burial will follow in Rosewood Park.
A memorial guestbook may be signed at www.raderfh.com.