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Robert "Bob" Broersma
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Birth: unknown
Death: Apr. 16, 2011
Bellflower
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Robert "Bob" Broersma Lifelong area resident,
died Saturday evening, April 16, 2011 at his home in Bellflower with his family at his side. He married his childhood sweetheart, Audrey, and together they produced three children, Lei Lani, Robert and Lester as well as four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. While providing loving support for his family, he worked as both a dairyman and a welder. He welded ships together during World War II; and he milked cows for over forty years, along with constructing dairy equipment, for Vandenberg Mfg., an Artesia- based company owned by his extended family. To those who knew him, Bob was a contradiction of terms. Through his love and appreciation of music, he inspired his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to become musicians, while never learning an instrument himself. Though not a hunter, Bob and his brother Donald were interested in firearms. Though he owned but a few himself, he and his brother were knowledgeable about most weapons and the ammunition they used. His long-standing love of old Western movies always gave him the opportunity to bring out his old Colt pistol, polish it, and talk about Gene Autry and Roy Rodgers. While marveling at God's creations, he was not a traditionally religious man. He once said that Audrey's garden was his church! His study of nature, science and philosophy was endless, but politics were of no interest to him. Though an active member of a motocross club as a young man, for many years his love of motorcycles was expressed only through owning them instead of riding them. Because he considered the hobby too dangerous for a father with young children, he chose instead to find enjoyment in owning vintage bikes until his sons were older. At that time, his interest in riding was renewed as he taught his sons to ride. Despite never caring to be part of a crowd, Bob was a fixture at Bellflower's "Old Timers" reunions. He, Audrey and a few remaining friends who were born and raised in that town, functioned as accurate historians. They also volunteered as docents at Bellflower's historic "Carpenter's House". Graveside service will be held at the Artesia Cemetery at 11:00am on Friday, April 22, 2011. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries. Whites Funeral Home (562) 867-2741 Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on April 23, 2011. 
 
Burial:
Artesia Cemetery
Cerritos
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
Created by: Charles Lay
Record added: Apr 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68817635
 

 
 
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