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In Memory of

Michael Edward Broeker

June 26, 1945 - October 15, 2016

Obituary


Michael Edward Broeker, age 71, of Dallas, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016. He was born on June 26, 1945, in Burlington, Iowa, to the late Frederick and Mable Broeker.

In his early years, Michael enjoyed sports and music in Winfield - Mt. Union High School, where he played on the baseball team and played the cornet in the marching band, sang in the choir and barber-shop quartet. Michael did costume hay-baling with his brothers. He started "Future Farmers of America" in high school and continued until he retired. More than any activity...

Michael Edward Broeker, age 71, of Dallas, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016. He was born on June 26, 1945, in Burlington, Iowa, to the late Frederick and Mable Broeker.

In his early years, Michael enjoyed sports and music in Winfield - Mt. Union High School, where he played on the baseball team and played the cornet in the marching band, sang in the choir and barber-shop quartet. Michael did costume hay-baling with his brothers. He started "Future Farmers of America" in high school and continued until he retired. More than any activity he participated in, Michael will be remembered for being the ultimate gentle man.always respectful of others, kind, caring, compassionate, gracious, charitable, soft-hearted and generous to all with his time and love.

After high school, Mike joined the United States Air Force and served his country for 8 ½ years, in Okinawa, Philippines and Vietnam, as a Tech Sergeant, from 1963-1972. He loved the brotherhood of the Air Force. He felt that nothing could compare to the comradery of the men he served with. Mike would have made it a career but Cheryl and Lisa were at home and they were his first priority. So home he went.

Mike came to faith when he met Cheryl. She loved him and told him the man she married needed to be baptized, confirmed, and a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He agreed to all of the above and did so. Then he received orders to go to Okinawa, which also meant several trips into Vietnam. Cheryl then asked Mike to become engaged, with the promise of their wedding to happen on his return from Okinawa. They married on a wonderful, hot day, June 24, 1967 at 2:00 p.m., in Ascension Lutheran Church, Birmingham, Michigan.

Mike served as an elder, here in Texas, where he got to work closely with the Senior Pastor, Stephen Wagner, and he so enjoyed caring and sharing with Pastor. He delivered communion in church and on home visits, and also helped whenever or wherever needed. He turned out to be a wonderful evangelist and warrior for his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Michael was super with cars, tractors, and grown-ups; he was on a learning curve when it came to his babies. He eventually grew into become a great father and one terrific grandfather. The first tractor Mike ever drove was on the family farm in Iowa at the age of five.

The first tractor company Mike ever worked for was International Harvester. He was employed at a company store for several years, then also worked for the International Harvester company. Mike had several positions there, some of which were advancements and created just for Mike and his talents. After one long year of hard work with International Harvester, they rewarded Mike and Cheryl, with several other International Harvester employees, their dealers and wives, with a wonderful trip to Hawaii. During that trip, Mike had been offered a job with a new small firm named Kubota. It was a Japanese firm and he had an interview before he left for Hawaii, and promised to give Kubota an answer when they returned home. Mike and Cheryl discussed this decision and Mike felt bad about leaving International Harvester, but he was very excited to get in on the ground floor with this relatively new to the U.S.A. company. So he went into Kubota full speed ahead first in Columbus, Ohio and then transferred to Dallas, Texas as Division Manager. Mike was happily employed with Kubota for 32 years. More than anything, Mike enjoyed being on a team where everyone was working together to accomplish their goal, which is why he cherished his time in the United States Air Force and working for Kubota.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Gwynne Broeker; daughter, Lisa Gwynne Broeker; son, Mark Alan Broeker; grandchildren, Audrey Grace Helcl, Caden Andrew Broeker, Kyli Renee Phillips, and Everly Raine Broeker; brothers, David (Pat) Broeker and Tony (Flo) Broeker; and sister, Deanna Vensland.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway, Carrollton, TX 75007, with a visitation from 10-11am prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS 66675 or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4000 Midway, Carrollton, TX 75007.