Philip E. Brooks

Philip Edward Brooks, of Brandenburg, Ky., entered heaven on February 12, 2021, at the age of 70. Philip was born in Stockbridge, Mich. on March 24, 1950, the son of Robert and Catherine (Rockwell) Brooks. Philip served in the United States Army from August 1969 to August 1971. He saw action in Vietnam as part of the 1st Air Cavalry Division. During his service in Vietnam, he was awarded The Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. Upon his honorable discharge, he served in the Army Reserves from 1971 to 1975. Phil then re-enlisted in July 1980, and served at six duty stations during his 15 year career, several of which were overseas assignments. He was a heavy equipment operator in the Armored Division before becoming an Army Recruiter in 1985. Philip achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and served as a Senior Tank Commander and Senior Instructor at Fort Knox, Ky. prior to his retirement. He enjoyed participating in the Civil War reenactments after his retirement from the Army. Philip is survived by son, Bradley (Monica) Brooks; daughter, Melissa (Brad) Ryan; five grandchildren; brother, John (Mary) Brooks; sisters, Dorothy (Hilbert) Proctor, Bonnie Connor, JoAnn (Roger) Storey, Shirley (Harry) Householder, Marlene (Mike) LuKenich, Edith (Kirk) Myers; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Since Phil’s death, joining him in heaven are his sister-in-law, Mary Brooks and sister, Edith Myers. Cremation was chosen by his children. A graveside service with military honors will be held at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, Ky. at a later date. Arrangements were entrusted to the Mills Funeral Home, Shelly-Odell Chapel in Eaton Rapids. Please visit to place online condolences.