A funeral service for Evert Broesder, 84, of Algona was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Algona.
Evert Harry Broesder was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Algona, the only child of George and Edith Bates Broesder. He graduated in 1951 from Algona High School at the age of 16. Shortly after graduation he joined the Army National Guard and continued to serve in the National Guard of Iowa Reserves for a total of 23 years.
On March 2, 1958, he was united in marriage to Donna Marie Wood at Trinity Lutheran Church, Algona, where they remained lifelong members. Evert met Donna at a Whittemore High School girls basketball game. They went to Niagara Falls, N.Y., for their honeymoon and visited Evert’s favorite uncle in Albany, N.Y., along the way.
The Broesder family farm, named Point Comfort, is located northeast of Algona. Evert was actively involved in managing it until 1999. He was very proud of the round barn built in 1911 by his grandfather, Harry Bates. The barn was designed for dairy cattle, and Evert, with the help of his family, milked cows for many years. The farm received the Century and Heritage Farms Award in 2000 from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. In 2009. The round barn was featured in the Iowa Barn Foundation’s Northwest Tour. Well over 100 people turned out to visit and admire the unique structure.
In retirement, Evert enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He made several trips to the West Coast and Pacific Northwest to visit his daughter and granddaughter. He was an avid reader, and his interests included genealogy, geography, antique farm equipment, land conservation and meteorology. Every spring Evert planted the "free trees" (more like twigs) he received for donating to the Arbor Day Foundation. He volunteered and was trained to be a storm spotter with the National Weather Service in Des Moines. Evert served as a Plum Creek Township Trustee for more than 40 years and never missed a meeting or an election. He and Donna enjoyed their membership in the Izaak Walton League, and he encouraged his grandsons to participate in the trap shoots, pancake breakfasts and game feeds regularly held there.
Evert died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Britt Hospital surrounded by family. He was 84.
He is survived by his children Ellen (Bruce) Fraser of Incline Village, Nev., and their son David Fraser of Sacramento, Calif.; Paul Broesder of Burt and his children Tanya (Pete) Broesder-Di Santis of Spokane, Wash., and their children Alisa and Sophia; Josh (Andrea) Broesder of Algona and their children Carson and Dillon; Amber Broesder of Spokane, Wash. and Beth (Wesley) Lyons of Bismarck, N.D.; Mark Broesder of Lakota and his children Bailey (Andrew Hecker) Kraayenhof of Lindstrom, Minn., and their daughter Emma Preston Broesder of Burt; Wyatt Broesder of Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue, Neb.; Noah Broesder of Burt; and Gracie Broesder of Burt. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Erma Ohnemus of Livermore, Kathryn Ernst of Thor, Janice Bruhn of Fenton, and Velma Wood of Humboldt; brother-in-law Warren (Ann) Wood of Livermore; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his wife Donna, parents, and a granddaughter, Madisyn.
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