The man who never met a stranger, who greeted people with a huge smile and had a heart of gold, Clarence Broemmer, died on Saturday (Feb. 9, 2013).
Clarence was born on Aug. 1, 1920, in Quincy, a son of Albert and Edith Willing Broemmer. He married Garnet Spindler on Sept. 13, 1940, in St. Francis Catholic Church. She died Feb. 6, 2004.
Clarence served in the Army
during World War II
as part of the European Theatre and the Battle of the Bulge. After his service, he worked in various departments at Celotex, retiring after 41 years with the company.
He had been a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. He was a member of the Paper Makers Union 198 and a past member of the VFW
, the Eagles and the Mississippi Valley Hunters and Fishermen's Association. He also did volunteer work at the Senior Center.
Clarence is survived by sons, Bob Davis of Liberty, and Bill Eberhardt and his wife, Bev, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; daughters, Darlene "Diane" Hastings and her husband, Don, Karen Krohn and Theresa Vogt and her husband, Luther, all of Quincy; 16 grandchildren, Doug Hastings (Kristie), Dawn (Jesse) Martinez, Randy Broemmer, Ronda Broemmer; Cindy Neese and her fiancee, Andrew, Paul (Julie) Davis, Sherry Rakers, Phil (Jennifer) Davis, Chuck Polley, Nathan Broemmer, Heather (Jason) Atter, Tommy Krohn, Leigh, Erica, Tanya and Traci; a brother, George (Fran) Broemmer of Quincy; a daughter-in-law, Sue Lish (Floyd) of Quincy; a lifelong family friend, Jeanette Pfeiffer; 28 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his dog Bear.
In addition to his wife, Garnet, and his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Albert and Bob Broemmer; sisters, Marie Upchurch, Stella Maxwell, Florence Patterson and Clara Tucker; a son, Johnny Broemmer; a daughter, Garnet "Sis" Broemmer Davis; and grandchildren, Vicky Davis Polley and Payten Nicole Fesler.
SERVICES: 1 p.m. Thursday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. James Wheeler, O.F.M. Interment will be in Greenmount Cemetery with military honors conducted at the cemetery.
VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: Great River Honor Flight.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com