Obituaries

Cortland B. Brooks

C.B. was born in Greenport on July 5, 1944, to Frank F. and Alice (Rogers) Brooks. He passed away May 2, 2024, in Coos Bay, Ore., at the age of 79.

C.B. graduated from Greenport High School, class of 1963. He attended Delhi Ag and Tech, in Delhi, N.Y., for two terms and then decided that the Air Force was better suited for him. He enlisted Nov. 2, 1964, and retired in July 1985 with the rank of E-6, Technical Sergeant. While in the Air Force, he was assigned to Tempelhof Air Base in Berlin, Germany, Mount Hebo Air Force Station (twice) in Hebo, Ore., San Vito Air Force Station in Brindisi, Italy, and Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, Calif. He was married to Stephanie Elbers and divorced in 1980. C.B. married the love of his life, Maryon (Boles) Sigman, in 1983. C.B. worked for the U.S. Civil Service (Air Force) from 1986 to 2006.

C.B. was initiated into the Masonic Fraternity in 1968 in Berlin. He was a past master of John L. Mclellan No. 780 in Brindisi, Unity Lodge No. 18 in Ogden, Utah, North Bend Lodge No. 140 in North Bend, Ore., and Blanco Lodge No. 48 in Coos Bay. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies (past grand high priest, illustrious grand master and grand commander), Scottish Rite (33rd degree), Red Cross of Constantine, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Knight York Cross of Honor, Allied Masonic Degrees, Shrine and the Order of Eastern Star. He was also a life member of the VFW and American Legion.

C.B. is survived by his sister Francis (Brooks) Franke of New York; daughter Jennifer Brooks and her husband, Chris, of Coos Bay; daughter Christine (Brooks) Czogalla of Berlin; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; stepdaughters Lisa (Sigman) Cozza and her husband, Scott, and Valerie Sigman; two nieces and three nephews; 12 great-nieces and -nephews; and four great-great-nieces and -nephews.

C.B. was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice Brooks; his sister Alice Kalin; and his wife, Maryon Brooks, in 2021.

Following a tribute to his life with a Masonic ceremony, military flag honor and a 21-gun salute, he was privately interred in Coos Bay.

This is a paid notice.