Ralph H. Brooks, who served this community for 74 years as an employee of the
Chesterton Cemetery, most of which as Sexton, and who also served as
Chesterton Fire Chief for 20 years, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 at
St. Anthony Memorial Medical Center. He was 88.
He was born Dec. 2, 1918 in Chesterton, the son of Thomas and Emma (Reglein)
Brooks, both of whom preceded him in death.
On April 15, 1944 in Furnessville, he married Delores M. Grieger, who
survives in Chesterton.
He is also survived by a daughter, Bonnie (David) Kelly, of Monticello; a
granddaughter, Cindy (Dennis) Lambert, of Cincinnati, Ohio and two
great-grandchildren, Grayson and Katie Lambert, both of Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Ericson and four brothers,
Marvin Brooks, Roy Brooks, Thomas Brooks and Howard Brooks.
Ralph also cared for St. Patrick, Augsburg, Burstrom and Furnessville
Cemeteries for many years. He was on the Board of Directors of the Chesterton
Cemetery. He served a total of 42 years (1940-1982) on the Chesterton
Volunteer Fire Department, and was Chief from 1963 until 1980, which gave him
great satisfaction. He was a charter member of Indiana Volunteer Firefighter
In 1991, Ralph was chosen Citizen of the Year. He was also a member of the
Porter County Farm Bureau. He was a devoted husband, loving father,
grandfather and great-grandfather and friend to everyone. Ralph loved to play
miniature golf when visiting his family and was an avid Cubs and Bears fan.
He loved to dance the polka.
Funeral services, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 24 at White-Love Funeral
Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton. Interment will follow at Chesterton
The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at White-Love Funeral
Home. An Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association memorial service will be
held at 6 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be given to the Chesterton Fire Department Restoration Fund for
Engine #1, or to Porter County Cancer Society.
For information, please call 926-1309.