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Richard Brooks
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Richard J. Brooks, 72, of Oakdale died Sunday, Aug. 15 at his home.

Born in Ripon, he had lived in Oakdale for 44 years. He was self-employed in custom harvest and loved to work and build on his bus conversion. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Beatrice Brooks of Oakdale; children, Denise Boyd and Valerie Rogers of Ceres, Toni Lopez of Modesto, Frank Vierra and Frances Krieger of Oakdale and Billie Benedix of Valley Home; siblings, Lyle Brooks of Ripon, Barbara Pecil of Norfolk, Virginia, Joann Parks of Stockton and Janet Vierra of Madera; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Marie Brooks.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Deegan Chapel in Escalon. Rosary will be at Deegan Chapel, 1441 San Joaquin St., Escalon on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Mass will be said on Thursday, Aug. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oakdale.

Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Escalon at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 601 McHenry Ave., Suite C, Modesto, CA 95350 or St. Mary's Catholic Church (Seniors and Friends Fund), 1225 Olive Ave., Oakdale, CA 95361.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Aug. 18, 2004