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Former Assemblyman Ed Brooks Dies of Cancer
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/25/2019

Former State Rep. Edward Brooks of Reedsburg died on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with leukemia. A life-long dairy farmer, Brooks was a member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee for many years before stepping down from his seat in the 50th assembly district in January, where he served for 10 years.

Brooks, who was 76, lived in the town of Reedsburg in Sauk County. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied agricultural economics and served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years.

Prior to entering politics, he served many years as a board member for Foremost Farms USA and as a director and chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of Cooperatives. He was also a member of the Department of Agriculture's Working Lands Initiative; and emeritus member of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Board of Visitors.

Ed's service as a town official goes back to 1979, where for 33 years he served as chairperson of his township. He was also the vice chair of the Sauk County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association. Brooks was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the WTA.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children Kelli (Steven) Mitchell, Lisa Brooks, and Julie (Mark) Barreau; 5 grandchildren: Madison, Allison, Brooks, Daylia and William; sister: Helen (Art) Adler; brother-in-law: Jim Wolfgram; as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services for Ed Brooks will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

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