George David Brooks

May 12, 1938 ‒ August 04, 2020

Ashland, Ohio

Col. George David Brooks, age 82, of Ashland, OH, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the Inn at Walnut Trail.

Born May 12, 1938 in Harrogate, Tennessee to the late George W. and Jeannette G. (Hackney) Brooks.

George was raised in McAndrews, KY and graduated from Belfry High School in 1955. Enlisted in the Air Force in 1956 serving at Lockbourne Air Force Base in Columbus, OH until 1960. He joined the Ohio Air National Guard in 1961 and served with the 164th fighter group, 179th fighter group and the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield Lahm Airport, and 121st Tactical Fighter Wing at Rickenbacker AFB. Retired with the rank of Colonel in 1992. George also worked at General Motors, Empire Detroit Steel and Ohio Brass.  He was proud of having earned his pilot’s license at the Ashland County Airport and was an active member of the 179th Flying Club and the retirees’ group, Shadow Flight.

In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by grandparents, Morgan and Fannie Hackney, Garrette and Vinnie Brooks; brothers, William and Robert Brooks; sister, Phyllis Jean Brooks; in-laws, Mason and Dorothy Kessler; brother-in-law, Kenneth Kessler.

Survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia of Ashland; daughters and son-in-law, Tammi Brooks of Reynoldsburg; Jeanna and Richard Burrell of Sunbury; granddaughter, Tessa Burrell of Westerville; great-grandson, Christopher Harvey of Pataskala; sisters, Janice Clarke of Charlestown, IN; Brenda Scott of Louisville, KY; sisters-in-law, Betty Turner of Mt. Liberty, Kim (Sam) LoPiccolo of Centerburg; brothers-in-law, Don (Jan) Kessler of Sparta; Rick (Tawnie) Kessler of Sparta; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Vermillion Baptist Church, 1005 Co. Rd. 2256, Perrysville, OH 44864 where the family will be receiving friends from 9:30 until time of service Pastors Jim Leudeman and Robert Bird officiating.  Interment with military honors at Bloomfield Cemetery, Centerburg, Ohio.  A Memorial Service to follow at 2:30 pm Willow Grove Advent Christian Church, 7192 Columbus Rd., Mt. Liberty, OH 43048. Pastor Chad Davis officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vermillion Baptist Church or for cat rescue c/o Char Dowiatt, 1425 Twp. Rd. 1238, Ashland, OH 44805 in George’s memory.

Special thanks to Elmcroft of Ontario, The Inn at Walnut Trail, Bella Care Hospice and Capital City Hospice for taking care of George through his challenges with dementia over the last several years.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Brooks family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • George was before my tenure here at Elmcroft, but he brought up fondly SO often, I feel like I know him. He must have been an incredible man and my prayers are with you all during this time of loss.

  • So sorry for your loss, George was a great and good man. God bless and comfort all of you in this time of loss.
    Jim Patterson

  • Our sympathies to all of you. We have enjoyed George and Virginia as neighbors over the last 24 years. Always enjoyed his wit and war stories. He and my dad were a lot alike, kindred spirits. I’m sure dad will be showing him around the pearly gates and having a great reunion. Hugs and prayers to you all.

  • So very sorry for your loss! Tammi, I didn’t know your dad, but I remember you talking about, how you kids had so many amazing travels as a family. You were very well traveled because of your dad. You must of had a amazing childhood!!! Hugs and kisses!! 🙂

  • My condolences to George’s Family & Friends. I served as a ‘weekender’ with the 179th CAM Sqd. from 1967 to 1992. As a result, I served under the Colonel’s command at one time. During the annual Shadow Flight Reunion, we would speak of attending the Reno Air Races. In 2012 I had the opportunity to accompany him to the Air Races. What a great time I had with him. Stories upon stories and it was only befitting that he had more ‘stories’ than I. It was my first trip to the Races. We spoke of going again; however, I believe it was his last trip there. Since learning the ‘ropes’ from him, I have returned to the Races three times. Planning on going again in 2021. I spoke often with him afterwards and visited at Elmcroft. Sorry to say, I lost contact after his leave from Elmcroft. He will forever be in my thoughts. Thank you Colonel George Brooks and Godspeed.
    Bob Palm

  • We spent 2 times with George & Virginia in Florida! We where treated like family will live with good times & memories ( God’s Speed ) to the Brooks Families

  • My heart aches for Virginia, Jeanna, Tammy, Tessa and Dick.
    I am thinking of you all and knowing how difficult this has to be.
    May the good memories and the love you are surrounded by help
    Vickie & Jerry

    • It came sooner than expected so that’s been tough. We didn’t really get to say goodbye. Thanks.

  • I so much wanted to be with you today to say goodbye to a great man and friend. I will always have a place in heart for the Brooks family and will keep you in my prayers.