Frank Henry Brodel
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June 7, 1923 - July 12, 2014
Hotchkiss, Colorado resident, Frank Brodel, known by most as Farmer Frank, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at his home behind the shopping center he and his wife started in 1963. He was 91 years of age.
There will be a private family service in his home per his request.
Frank Brodel was born in Germany. At the age of three, he and his parents came to the United States, settling in Reading, PA.
After high school, he worked construction in a Naval Dry Dock in Puerto Rico. He served in WWII as a US Navy deck officer for the Merchant Marines. He was stationed in Seattle, WA, where he met his wife of 69 years. After the war, he was an ornamental iron worker in his Dad's business. Later he worked as a production control manager and purchasing agent for Spartan Engineering in L.A., CA.
Then, in an effort to leave the crime and population of the city behind, he moved his family to the very small town of Baywood Park, CA. He was the postmaster there and he and his wife started their first retail business - The Tribe Shop - selling shoes and clothing.
When crime reached Baywood Park, they ventured to Steamboat Springs, opening Brodel's Dept Store. In an effort to own their own store - at an affordable price - they moved us to our first farm on Hwy. 133, east of Hotchkiss, where they made their dream become a reality.
Starting with Farmer Frank's Shoe Barn in 1963 (now in it's 51st year), they eventually also sold mobile homes, sporting goods, hardware and clothing - creating a job for all of us!
Mickey and the boys tried their hand at raising chickens, pigs, sheep and cows, while Frank did the irrigating and concentrated on selling shoes. He was a superb salesman and businessman.
He was a wonderful father and will always be remembered as gentle and kind, with a quiet sense of humor - which stayed with him to the end.
He is survived by his five children, Rick and his wife, Candy; Keita and her husband, Cliff; Kendall and his wife, Carol; Martin, and Mary and her husband, Ken; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Frank's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care, POB 24, Delta, CO.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Taylor Funeral Service & Crematory
682 1725 Rd
Delta, CO 81416
Published in The Daily Sentinel on July 20, 2014