TORRINGTON – Warren Brooks passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020.
Memorial Services will be Friday, June 26, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Torrington.
Cecil Warren Brooks was born Nov. 21, 1923, in Washington County, Colo., the son of Cecil Leon and Viola Artilla (Thomas) Brooks. At an early age the family moved to Torrington, where Warren started first grade and completed all school years there, graduating in 1942.
He entered the service in March 1943 and proudly served three years in the Navy during World WarII. He was in the Pacific and received two gold stars for action on Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He received his honorable discharge in April 1946. He started working for the Torrington Telegram that month and continued until 1950.
Warren and Darlene were united in marriage on July 6, 1947, at the United Methodist Church in Torrington. To this union two children were born: Larry Warren and Diane Darlene.
In 1950, the family moved to Glenrock, and Warren went to work for the Glenrock Independent newspaper and was co-owner of the Wyoming Engraving Co. In 1958, the family moved back to Torrington, where they purchased the Torrington News. He became sole owner of the shop in 1967.
He sold the business to the Torrington Telegram in 1968 and became shop foreman there for six months. He was manager of the Printer’s Press in Scottsbluff for a year and a half. In 1970, Warren and Darlene moved to Chadron, Neb., where they established B & B Printing. They sold the business in 1988 and retired, remaining in Chadron until August 2001 when they moved back to Torrington.
Warren was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be sadly missed. He enjoyed traveling and attending functions for the grandchildren, which included many out of town events. Warren and Darlene took their children and grandchildren to Disneyland in California two times and to Disney World in Florida four times.
Warren was active in Lions Club working with eye clinics, parades, serving meals and many other worthwhile projects for many years and was honored as Lion of the Year. He served as Chairman of the Goshen County Heart Association and was affiliated with the United Methodist Church, American Legion, and Elks Lodge. He was interested in youth programs and served as baseball coach for several years.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Kate Brooks of Fort Collins, Colo., grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Jennifer and Mark Trail, Katelyn and Rhett, of Nebraska City, Neb.; Lisa and Jeffrey Hamar, Alexander and Joshua, of Marshalltown, Iowa; Amber and Cory Brooks, Kassidy, Gage, and Cade of Casper; Jill and Jim Runner of Fort Collins; Chrystal and Cody Brooks, Taylor, Peyton, Braden, and Brynn of Chadron; sister, Eleanor Messer of Cody, and sister-in-law LaVonne Daiss of Torrington.
Warren was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene, parents, brothers: Harold, Lowell, Chester, Kenneth, and Phillip, sisters: Etta, Lena Lisle, Helen Moody, Alma Meyers and Ruth Walior.
Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at Valley View Cemetery at Torrington.
In lieu of flowers, a Memorial has been established at the United Methodist Church in Torrington.