Bernard Brooker

Bernard Clarence "Buzzard" Brooker

Thursday, July 4th, 1935 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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Bernard “Buzzard” Clarence Brooker, 85, of Lowell, Ohio, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening, August 26, 2020. He was born July 4, 1935 in Lowell, Ohio to Clem and Lucy Brooker.
Bernard’s life was a life well lived. He loved spending time with his growing family, farming his family’s land, playing cards, horseshoes and bowling. He was a devout Catholic and spent countless hours in service to Our Lady of Mercy parish and served his country in the United States Army. Along with his wife, he owned Buzzard’s Bar for 43 years serving his faithful customers the best pizza, burgers and bologna sandwiches around (and maybe a few insults to go with them). He meant a great deal to the Lowell community and provided many friends and their families meaningful memories in his establishment.
He is survived by his wife Julia of 57 years, 6 children Connie (Jim) Legraen, Brenda (Ron) Bauerbach, Mark (Jennifer Miller) Brooker, Jean (Bob Hoops) Henderson, Nancy (Rick) Schultheis, Kelly (Ed) Scocco, 20 grandchildren Karlee, Garrett, and Seth Legraen, Astacia (Ivan) Huck, Janna King, Ally and Emma Brooker, D.J. (Ashleigh), Jesse, and Erin Cunningham, Paige (Dominick) Omspach, Olivia (Dakoda) Sims, Drew, Sophia, Ross, Kate and Ashton Schultheis, Myles, Brooker, and Julianna Scocco, 5 great grandchildren, Raylynn, Jack and Hallie Cunningham, Slade Huck and Draven Young, 8 siblings Hilda Gebhart, Louis (Ruth) Brooker, Rita (Sonny) Offenberger, Bertha (Delbert) Lasure, Bob Brooker, Howard Brooker, Dave (Doris) Brooker, Fred (Ethel) Brooker and many nieces, nephews, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tony and Raymond Brooker, infant brother, Edward, several brothers and sisters-in-law, and one great grandson Axel Huck.
The family wishes to thank the Muskingum Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation staff for their dedicated care in his last days.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lowell Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 406, Lowell, Oh 45744.
Visitation will be on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with the rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.
Private funeral Liturgy with Mass will be held at the convenience of the family at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Lowell, with The Rev. Timothy Shannon celebrating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors observed.
Cawley & Peoples is honored to serve the Brooker family and offers online condolences and many other resources by visiting their website, .

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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, August 28th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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  • Funeral Liturgy with Mass

    Saturday, August 29th, 2020 |
    Saturday, August 29th, 2020
    Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
    5001 Lowell Hill Road
    Lowell, OH 45744
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    Private Family Service
    The Rev. Timothy Shannon
  • Interment

    Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
    5001 Lowell Hill Road
    Lowell, OH 45744
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Private Condolence

Mark D. Stillings

Posted at 09:21pm
Dear Julia and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and Father.
May the Lord surround you with HIS grace during the difficult days ahead.
In Christ,
Mark D. Stillings

Dr. Benjamin & Connie Thomas

Posted at 03:59pm
We send our deepest sympathy to the family. Buzzard was a great man and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

Cheryl J Skinner, Tri-State Military Museum

Posted at 03:35am
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Bernard Clarence Brooker, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Army Veteran, Bernard Clarence Brooker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Cheryl Baxter

Posted at 02:17am
Dear Julia and family, We have many wonderful memories of you and Buzzard helping out our Fort Frye Class of '67 plan our reunions and other events we had. I had a surprise 40th and 60th birthday party at your establishment with you both working on all the fixings. I feel very blessed to have all these wonderful memories of Buzzard he was truly a beautiful person with a huge heart. Julia I pray that you find comfort as all your family and friends surround you with their love and kind word, you too are a very special person. Sending much love, Bill and Cheryl Baxter

Fr. Victor Cinson

Posted at 05:48pm
Dear Julia and Family: Please accept my sincerest prayers and sympathy on the passing of "Buzzard." I treasure the memories of his deep faith and wonderful example shown to All who knew him. His Spirit was as big as the hands that would reach out in friendship and service to one and all. We all knew that beneath that gruff exterior was a loving and kind heart. I always believed that Lowell was a special place that time forgot. The rough terrain was softened by the hard working people who had populated it for many generations. His example of devotion to Our Lady of Mercy and his Catholic faith helped to make me into a better pastor and person. There is an empty spot in my heart and heaven has one of the great ones mow. Love and prayers to each of you. Fr. Vic Cinson

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