Harold W. Brooks, age 84 of Forest Township, WI, died unexpectedly on Monday, February 5, 2018 at his home in St. Croix County. 

Harold Walter Brooks was born on February 3, 1934 at home in Holland, MN, the son of Harry (Harold J.) & Ethel (Petra) Brooks. He lived with his family in Lowry, MN, Pipestone, MN and Glenwood, MN, graduating from Glenwood Senior High School in 1952. Following graduation, Harold moved to the Twin Cities and worked various jobs there. In 1957, he began working for North Central Airlines at Chicago Midway Airport. Harold was married to Shirlee Edwards on July 5, 1958 at West Akers Lutheran Church in New Haven Township. They moved to Brainerd, MN and lived there two years before moving to Bloomington, MN. Together they raised one daughter, Sheila. In 1964, Harold and Shirlee purchased the Dairy Queen in New Richmond, WI and operated it until it was sold in 1975. During this time they made their home in New Richmond, while Harold continued to commute to Minneapolis to work at North Central Airlines, which became Republic Airlines and its successor, Northwest Airlines. In 1989, Harold and Shirlee moved to Forest Township to operate the Edwards family farm. He retired from Northwest Airlines in 1996 after 39 years of service. He loved animals, especially his special cats Ole and Mr. Riley. Harold enjoyed working with machinery, cutting firewood, and hunting when he was younger. He also enjoyed walking in the woods and being outside all day. He and his family also enjoyed traveling to many far away destinations while he was an active airline employee. Harold was an avid reader of history, particularly the U.S. Civil War, Native American, and the Old West. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirlee Brooks; parents Harry & Ethel Brooks; and sisters Ruth and Velma.

Harold is survived by daughter Sheila (Greg) Paul – Hudson, WI; his special cat Mr. Riley; and nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held at the Scheuermann Funeral Home on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Pastor Mark Woeltge officiated and casket bearers were Monte Edwards, Harry Tronrud, Randy Koenig, Dean Tronrud, Rick Heibel and Bill Wiseman. Interment was at West Akers Cemetery, New Haven Township.

Scheuermann Funeral Home of Clear Lake is handling the arrangements, www.clearlakefuneralhome.com.