Richard J. Crooks

Aug. 29, 1930 - Nov. 26, 2006

Richard J. "Dick" Crooks, 76, of Waukesha, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, at his home. Mr. Crooks was born in Green Bay on Aug. 29, 1930, to John T. and Helen (Harbinski) Crooks.

Dick proudly served his country during the Korean War, serving in the Army where he earned two Bronze Stars. On February 28, 1953, he married the former Joanne Parson. He worked for Fosdal Electric from 1954 until 1969 when he founded Dick Crooks Electric. He sponsored many youth and adult bowling, softball and volleyball teams. He was state certified as both a master electrician and electrical inspector. He was a member of the Waukesha Lodge of Elks #400, a life member of the Soat-Vergenz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #721 in Waukesha and a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Dick is survived by his wife Joanne "Jan"; their children, Linda Crooks of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., Andrew (Debra) Crooks of Neenah and Gene (Sherrie) Crooks of Saltillo, Miss.; grandchildren, Kara Crooks-Hensley of Tampa, Fla., Tylor Crooks of Neenah, Ryan Crooks of Neenah, Charlotte Crooks of Saltillo and Carson Crooks of Saltillo; and great-grandson, Christopher Tyler Kirby. He is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy Golembeski of Green Bay and Loretta (Lloyd) Gunn of Green Bay; sisters-in-law, Jane Hilt of Waukesha and Fran Parson of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Joel (Patricia) Parson of Waukesha; and his best friend, Douglas Turnmire of Waukesha. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Vincent, Lawrence, Frank, and Leonard; his sisters, Florence Olson and Stella Crooks; and brothers-in-law, John Parson, John Golembeski and Nicholas Hilt.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 8 p.m. Lodge of Sorrow service Friday, Dec. 1, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. Burial to follow with full military honors provided by Soat-Vergenz VFW Post #721 at Prairie Home Cemetery.

Memorials are appreciated to St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186, or to the charity of the donors choosing.

Randle-Dable Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 547-4035 or visit www.randledable.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.