Leslie R. “Les” Brooks, 84, of Washington passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at his residence. He was born January 23, 1935 in Carbondale, IL, the son of Albert and Mille Farney Brooks. He married Judy Collins on November 27, 1953. He later married Joann M. Raschert on January 30, 1971.
Surviving are his wife; six children, Vicki (Scott) Eichelkraut of Fort Worth, TX, Jeff (Nancy) Brooks, David Brooks, Leslie Brooks and Mary (Jon) Cowell, all of East Peoria, and Perry Brooks of Crystal River, FL. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter expected in several weeks.
His parents, one granddaughter and one sister, Geraldine Buffum, preceded him in death.
He worked at Caterpillar Tractor Company for 42 years, last working as a design engineer before retiring in 1995. Les enjoyed coaching youth baseball teams and volunteered with the Floyd Castleman Youth Association in Creve Coeur and the Northern Tazewell Recreation Association in Sunnyland. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Most important to Les was his family, especially his grandkids.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Visitation will be one-hour prior to his service, also at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be given to Northern Tazewell Fire Protection, 2445 Washington Rd Washington, IL 61571. To share a memory or send a condolence for his family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.