Eugene Darrell (Gene) Broyles

Eugene (Gene) Darrell Broyles


Gene passed peacefully from this life on January 9, 2013. He was born in Des Moines, IA, the son of Ralph & Theon Broyles on November 10, 1926. After graduating from North H.S. in 1944, Gene proudly served in the U.S. Army until 1946. After his discharge, he attended Drake University and graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics in 1950. The same year he married Beverly Jean Morris of Urbandale, enjoying life together for the next 62 years.

Gene joined the Travelers Insurance Company in 1951 as an underwriter, eventually rising to the position of District Manager of Commercial Lines in the Des Moines office, during a career spanning 38 years. Gene was an avid reader & fisherman all of his life. After his retirement from Travelers in 1989, he became active in the Izaak Walton League in Des Moines and in his local VFW Post 9668, serving as Post Commander for several years.

Gene is survived by his devoted wife, Beverly; son, Tim Broyles of Broken Arrow, OK, his children, Michael, Melissa, Melinda and Matthew, and 3 great grandchildren, Carsten, Gavin & Emma; daughter, Susan Stombaugh and her husband Rod, and their children, Nathan and Katie.

The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care of West Des Moines for their hard work and dedication to Gene during his 3 year stay.

Graveside services will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to VFW Post 9668 in Urbandale. Online condolences may be left at

Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 11, 2013