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Charles D. Brombaugh

Jan 02, 2013

Charles D. Brombaugh, 88, Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant.

A joint memorial service for him and his wife will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery. The Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to

In lieu of cards and memorials, the family requests your prayers.

He was born July 19, 1924, in Keokuk. He was the son of Fred Bryant and Lillian Olena (Huff) Brombaugh. He graduated from Bonaparte High School in 1941. Shortly after graduation, he entered the United States Navy. He entered service on Aug. 5, 1941, at the USNTC, Great Lakes, Ill. He served as a Ship’s Cook First Class on the USS Cecil J. Doyle, USS Gen. RM Blotchford, USS P.C. 603 and the USS Mindoro. He was honorably discharged on June 28, 1947, at the US Navy Receiving Center, Boston, Mass. with the following commendations: the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the American Area Medal, the American Defense Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Area Medal and the European-African-Middle East Medal. He returned to Iowa when, on May 2, 1948 in Milton, he married Mary Louis Wilson. She preceded him in death.

He worked for the Cargill Seed Company and was a farmer. In 1977, he became a truck driver for the Garrels Elevator and later for the Hunsaker Trucking Company.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he had served on the session of the church. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2561 of Mt. Pleasant and was a 50 year member of Celestial Lodge #413 AF & AM of Douds. He loved fishing and reading.

He is survived by four daughters, Nancy Gruwell of Phoenix, Ariz., Sandra Renberg of Anthem, Ariz., Carol Brombaugh of Antioch, Calif. and Janet Brombaugh of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Robert (Jean) Brombaugh of Mt. Pleasant; and six grandchildren.

His parents, wife and a brother in infancy, Richard Brombaugh, preceded him in death.


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