Randell Lee Brooks, Sr., 80, of Punxsutawney, passed away on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at home.
He was born in Punxsutawney on April 30, 1941, a son of the late John William Brooks, Sr. and Henrietta (Long) Brooks.
On August 19, 1961, he married B. Jane O’Hara. They enjoyed sixty years of marriage and raised a wonderful family. Jane survives and resides in Punxsutawney.
Mr. Brooks served in the Army National Guard for six years.
He attended Canoe Ridge Church of God and also One Life Church.
Randy spent many years on the road as a truck driver, he was a dedicated worker and absolutely loved driving.
He enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his family. His grandkids were his life, he turned into a little kid himself when they were around. He loved to tease them and lovingly gave each of them nicknames. The nicknames continued to grow as a new reason to add a name came along. Randy was known as “Uncle Putt” to his nieces and nephews due to having a nickname when he was a young child. He was also known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren. Poppy could always be found at the ball games for his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Randy was an avid reader when sitting still, he later discovered watching YouTube videos of machinery and excavators at work, which intrigued him for hours on end.
In Addition to his wife Jane, he is survived by two sons, Randell Lee Brooks, Jr. and wife MeLisa of Glen Campbell, and Rick Brooks of North Versailles; three grandchildren, Amanda Farmery and husband Corey of Rossiter, Tyler Brooks and wife Abby of Punxsutawney, Colton Brooks of Austin, Texas; two step grandchildren, Shanice and Allegra Brooks; five great grandchildren, Brooke and Bristol Farmery, Hosea, Neely and Boaz Brooks; one sister, Millicent Burkett of Punxsutawney; four brothers, James Brooks, Joel Brooks and wife Judy, Dave Brooks and Cindy Seger, all of Rossiter, and John William Brooks of Terrell, Texas.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc., Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by his son Randell Brooks and grandson Tyler Brooks.
Memorial donations may made in Mr. Brooks memory to St. Judes Children Hospital or to Wounded Warriors.
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