FORT ATKINSON -- Eugene “Gus” L. Brokmeier died on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at his home following a battle with cancer at the age of 80 years old.
Eugene Lyle Brokmeier was born on Feb. 5, 1938, to Albert and Adeline (Dorr) Brokmeier in Walworth County. He grew up on the family farm in rural Whitewater and whenever a neighbor, whose first name was Gus, would stop by Eugene would follow him around. Eugene soon became known as “little Gus,” a name that stuck with him for life. Gus attended Whitewater Elementary School and began attending Whitewater High School. After dropping out of high school he later in life obtained his GED. During his younger years he was involved in 4-H and received the Grand Champion Showmanship Award at the State Fair. In his late teens he began attending polka dances where he met Dianne Sievert in 1957. On Jan. 5, 1958, Gus was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. On that same day he stood before God’s altar on his confirmation day and promised to remain faithful to his Savior who lived, died and rose for him. God, in his grace, permitted Gus to keep this promise. While they dated, Gus and Dianne attended many other polka dances and then on Aug. 8, 1959, they were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. God blessed their union with six children.
Gus worked at Wayne Hayes Trucking Company, The Fertilizer Company, Hausz Brothers and the Larson Canning Company until 1967, when he started a long career with Abendroth Water Conditioning with Pat and Curt Abendroth. He was known by many in the surrounding area as “Gus” from Abendroth’s. He worked for them for 40 years -- taking one year off to try over the road trucking for Butler/Jamesway. He retired from Abendroth’s in February of 2008. In recent years Gus fixed lawn mowers and snow blowers for interested people and was known for his weekly appointments at Bienfang’s and Soup’s On.
For decades Gus also continued his love for farm life raising crops and livestock on Fox Hill Road and later with his father-in-law, Otto Sievert. For nearly 60 years each fall Gus looked forward to going to the northern woods of Wisconsin deer hunting with Ron Hall and other friends and sometimes he even harvested a deer. He also enjoyed giving tractor rides to his grandchildren and doing some gardening. Over the years he was a regular usher at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and had served on various boards/committees and volunteered for other projects.
Early this spring Gus’ health began to deteriorate until he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. On Saturday, July 28, Jesus sent his angels to summon to himself his soul at the age of 80 years, 5 months and 23 days. He is survived by his children, Sharon of Fort Atkinson, Ken (Sue) Brokmeier of Brookings, South Dakota, Sue (Jim) Boulden of Watertown, Nancy of DeForest and Becky of Fort Atkinson; brothers, Alvin, Pete (Trudy) and Robert (Janice); eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Adeline; wife, Dianne; son, Kerry; sisters, Mildred and Mabel; and brothers, Orlin “Ike,” Richard and Raymond; and another sister in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 301 S. High St., Fort Atkinson, on Friday at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 1008 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson, and on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Both Gus and Dianne’s remains will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
Gus and Dianne appreciated the Christian education that was given to their children and grandchildren, so memorials can be given to Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, Great Plains Lutheran High School in Watertown, South Dakota, Luther Preparatory School in Watertown or St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fort Atkinson.
In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to Tomorrow’s Hope in Gus’ memory. The family would like to express their thanks to Rainbow Hospice for their compassion and care during Gus’ final days.
Nitardy Funeral Home
1008 Madison Ave. Fort Atkinson