George K. Brooks came to Langdon in 1939 and operated the Funeral home along with Cliff Belzer. They also operated a furniture store and the UTC hotel at one time. Eventually the men split up the operations and sold some off with George solely continuing operations of the funeral home. He moved the operations to its current location and over the years put on many additions and remodeled many times to accommodate the ever changing needs of the community and his growing family who lived in the upstairs. George served during an era in which much was done right in the deceased's home- particularily viewings and visitations. I remember a story of taking the casket and flowers on the train to Hannah, to be met by a snow storm. They were able to get the casket to the home and all were stranded there until the storm passed. As time went by, separate buildings known as 'funeral homes' came into popularity, and George put addition after addition on to accommodate chapel services and living rooms. On top of his duties as a mortician, George also provided ambulance services to the community.
G. Keith Brooks graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1964 having attended UND prior. He and his brother operated the business together for a time during the 1970's. Keith was a long time Veteran's Service officer for Cavalier County along with being dedicated to the families he served and to the community. Keith ensured that the building be remodeled to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disablities act. Having hired an architect to evaluate the options, he put on a large addition to the north which housed indoor parking, an indoor ramp at the appropriate rise and a newly remodeled bathroom. Keith was also very active in the monument portion of the business enjoying getting his jeans on, going out to the peacefulness of country cemeteries and stopping by small town cafes for a great lunch. He was also extremely active in the legislative activities in the state that affected funeral service and the families he served and represented. Keith owned and operated the funeral home for decades until his death in 2004.
Marnie Brooks Steinwand, having worked worked with her father since 1996 and licensed herself, took over ownership and responsibility for the business at that time. She continues to strive to not only meet the needs of the families who allow the Brooks Funeral Home to care for them, but to exceed them.