John Douglas “Doug” Brookhart, 71, of St. Marys, died of a sudden illness at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, with his loving family at his side.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1941, in Parkersburg, W.Va., the son of Earl and Eloise (Waterman) Brookhart.
He married Mary Alyce Smith on Jan. 20, 1962, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived by his two daughters, Lucy (John) Homan of Sidney and Alicia (Phil) Homan of Celina; by five grandchildren, Gage Douglas Homan, Madeline Allyce Homan, Mackenzie Alexis Homan, Mason Robert Homan, Peyton Lavern Homan; by one brother, Peter W. Brookhart of Dallas, Texas.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents and by one brother, Gary Brookhart.
He was a 1959 graduate of Newark Senior High School and graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Journalism from The Ohio State University in 1972. He had served as Public Utilities Director in Newark, Johnstown, Heath, Sidney and Lima.
He served as Safety-Service Director for the City of St. Marys from 1986-89. He retired in 1989 after 30 years of public service. At the time of his death, he was a consultant for Jones and Henry Engineers in Toledo.
He was a 50-year member of the American Waterworks Association; a member of the Ohio Water Environment Association; the Operator Training Committee of Ohio; was a trustee of the Auglaize County Historical Society. He was an avid collector and authored two books: “A History of Ohio’s Water Systems” and “An Ordinary Kid Living in Extraordinary Times.” He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was a member of the Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys.
Private graveside burial rites will be held on Wednesday at the Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road in St. Marys, where memorial gifts may be given to the Auglaize County Historical Society.
Condolences may be sent to Doug’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.