The Cedar Rapids Kernels have announced plans to host a public memorial service to recognize the life and career of legendary Iowa sports broadcaster Bob Brooks.

The "Celebration of Life" service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids. Brooks passed away on June 25 at the age of 89.

Brooks was a long-time member of the Cedar Rapids Baseball Club’s Board of Directors, carrying on a legacy started by his father, Ira, and carried forward by his son, Rob. Brooks was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame and is a member of the Kinnick Stadium media ‘Wall of Fame’ at the University of Iowa.

“We are honored to host Bob’s Celebration of Life Service and are appreciative of the Brooks’ family support of the Cedar Rapids Ball Club dating back to Bob’s father Ira,” said Greg Seyfer, President of the Cedar Rapids Ball Club’s Board of Directors.

Brooks was a native of Cedar Rapids. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Iowa in 1948 and began his broadcasting career with KCRG radio in 1949. Over the years, Bob worked for KHAK and ended his career as the sports director for KMRY.

Among his many broadcasting honors, Brooks was named Iowa Sportscaster of the Year 10 times, received the Chris Schenkel Award from the National College Football Foundation, and the Learfield Sports award for serving as a voice of the Iowa Hawkeyes for 50 years.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Susie, son Rob (Sue) and grandsons Peter and Blair. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bob Brooks Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

The "Celebration of Life" service on July 27 starts at 5 p.m. The program begins at 5:45 p.m.


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