Obituary of Eugene Brokmeier
Eugene (Gus) L. Brokmeier died on Saturday July 28, 2018 at his home following a battle with cancer at the age of 80 years old.
Eugene Lyle Brokmeier was born on February 5, 1938 to Albert and Adeline (Dorr) Brokmeier in Walworth County, WI. He grew up on the family farm in rural Whitewater and whenever a neighbor, whose first name was Gus, would stop by Eugene would follow him around. Eugene soon became known as “little Gus”, a name that stuck with him for life. Gus attended Whitewater Elementary school and began attending Whitewater High School. After dropping out of high school he later in life obtained his G.E.D. During his younger years he was involved in 4-H and received the Grand Champion Showmanship Award at the State Fair. In his late teens he began attending polka dances where met Dianne Sievert in 1957. On January 5, 1958 Gus was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. On that same day he stood before God’s altar on his confirmation day and promised to remain faithful to his Savior who lived, died and rose for him. God, in his grace, permitted Gus to keep this promise. While they dated, Gus and Dianne attended many other polka dances and then on August 8, 1959 they were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. God blessed their union with six children.
Gus worked at Wayne Hayes Trucking Company, The Fertilizer Company, Hausz Brothers, and the Larson Canning Company until 1967 when he started a long career with Abendroth Water Conditioning with Pat and Curt Abendroth. He was known by many in the surrounding area as “Gus” from Abendroth’s. He worked for them for 40 years – taking one year off to try over the road trucking for Butler/Jamesway. He retired from Abendroth’s in February of 2008. In recent years Gus fixed lawn mowers and snow blowers for interested people and was known for his weekly appointments at Bienfang’s and Soup’s On.
For decades Gus also continued his love for farm life raising crops and livestock on Fox Hill Road and later with his father-in-law, Otto Sievert. For nearly 60 years each fall Gus looked forward to going to the northern woods of Wisconsin deer hunting with Ron Hall and other friends and sometimes he even harvested a deer. He also enjoyed giving tractor rides to his grandchildren and doing some gardening.
Over the years he was a regular usher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and had served on various boards/committees and volunteered for other projects.
Early this spring Gus’ health began to deteriorate until he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. On Saturday,July 28th Jesus sent his angels to summon to himself his soul at the age of 80 years 5 months and 23 days. He is survived by: his children - Sharon of Fort Atkinson; Ken (Sue) Brokmeier of Brookings, SD; Sue (Jim) Boulden of Watertown, Nancy of DeForest and Becky of Fort Atkinson; brothers, Alvin, Pete (Trudy) and Robert (Janice); 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Adeline; wife, Dianne; son, Kerry; sisters, Mildred and Mabel; and brothers, Orlin (Ike), Richard, and Raymond and another sister in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 S. High St. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00am. Visitation will take place on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave. Fort Atkinson, WI and on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the church from 9:30am until the time of the service. Both Gus and Dianne’s remains will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Gus and Dianne appreciated the Christian education that was given to their children and grandchildren so memorials can be given to Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI, Great Plain Lutheran High School in Watertown, SD, Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI or St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fort Atkinson.
In lieu of flowers you may consider a donation to Tomorrow’s Hope in Gus’ memory.The family would like to express their thanks to Rainbow Hospice for their compassion and care during Gus’ final days.