John R. Brookshire, 69, died Nov. 4, 2020.
Funeral service will be at 8 a.m. Nov. 13 at Sneed Funeral Chapel, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Born and raised in New Castle, Indiana, John earned a technical automotive degree from Southeastern Indiana Vocational College in 1969.
Upon completion of this degree, he was immediately drafted into the United States Army in support of the Vietnam War and assigned to the 18th Engineer Brigade. After recognizing John's marksmanship skills, he was transferred to a sniper position, where he earned numerous awards: the Vietnam Medal with two Bronze Stars, Expert Marksmanship Badge with Automatic Rifle, Vietnam Campaign Medal Ribbon with Device, National Defense Medal and Overseas Bar. He was honorably discharged.
After fulfilling his military obligation, John journeyed from Fort Ord, California to New Port Richey, Florida to Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia and finally to Fort Hood, Texas, planting roots near his only younger brother, Kent, wife Falanika, daughter Tisha, son-in-law Philip Jr. and their grandson, Philip III-Kent.
John was an avid historian and a true sports fan, most notably of Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas. He enjoyed many races throughout the year from premier seats at the exciting Turn 4 with his best friend Harvey and brother Kent.
One of his favorite memories was a vacation taken a few years ago with Kent to their hometown in Indiana. They enjoyed a week of Indianapolis 500 race events and concluded their trip at the Indy 500. John's love for American auto racing was a passion inspired by their dad who often cherished the local speedway with his two sons.
John met Ida Crane 12 years ago and joined her family alongside two daughters, Antonia and Whitney, and seven grandchildren. They shared life in Lampasas. John was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Raymond and Dorothy Ann Brookshire (Yost).
Survivors include his daughters Faith (son Spencer) of Columbus, Ohio, and Mazie Ann (son Marques) of Vallejo, California; son, Adam of Clearwater, Florida (sons Matthew, Adam Jr., Luis, Gabe and daughter Hailey); brother, Kent of Killeen (daughter Tisha and grandson Philip III-Kent of Dallas); and seven grandchildren.