Rick Brooks

Plainwell mayor Rick Brooks dies after short illness

Daniel Pepper

Plainwell Mayor Richard Brooks died Thursday, July 25, after a short illness, city officials said.

Visitation is Tuesday, July 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. at McCowen & Secord Life Story Funeral Homes Marshall-Gren Chapel, 120 South Woodhams St., Plainwell. The funeral service is Wednesday, July 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 766 South Farmer St., Otsego.

The mayor was missed at the Ransom District Library groundbreaking Thursday, July 25, and several speakers offered prayers and good wishes to him and his family, not having heard the news yet that he’d died. Brooks was especially well-known at the library for reading to children on Dr. Seuss Night.

Brooks lived in Plainwell for about 53 years and he and his wife Theresa have two sons, Chris and Pete, and five grandchildren.

He served on the city council for 26 years and spent 20 of those as mayor, last being reelected in 2018.

Contact Dan Pepper at dpepper@allegannews.com or at (269) 673-5534.


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