Robert Leo Broghammer, D.D.S., 79, of Clear Lake, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, at Good Shepherd Health Center, in Mason City.
Per Robert’s wishes, his body has been donated to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program for medical research. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1001 9th Ave. S., Clear Lake, with Rev. John Gossman officiating. Inurnment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, in Cedar Rapids, at a later date.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the church. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Robert’s family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or St. Croix Hospice, 302 N. Grand Ave. Ste. 5; Charles City, Iowa 50616.
Robert was born May 22, 1941, the son of Benjamin George and Mary “Lucille” (Murphy) Broghammer, in Cedar Rapids. He married Jane A. Spreitzer on Sept. 7, 1968, in Cedar Rapids.
A graduate of Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., Robert attended Creighton University, in Omaha, and later received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, in Iowa City. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969, working as a dentist at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, in San Diego, and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant in 1971.
Following his service in the Navy, Robert and Jane moved to Clear Lake where he began his dental practice and would work for 30 years; retiring in 2001. After some time off, he made the most of his hobbies by going to work at Fleet Farm, in Mason City. There, he was able to enjoy socializing about gardening, fishing, camping and hunting. He also volunteered and worked with the Boy Scouts of America earlier in his life, for nearly 10 years.
Robert was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, in Clear Lake.
Robert is survived by his wife, Jane Broghammer, of Clear Lake; four children, Robert (Tracey) Broghammer, of Castle Rock, Colo., Jennifer Broghammer, of Davenport, Anne (Matt) Boileau, of Iowa City, and Catherine (Robert) Keech, of Le Claire, Iowa; 11 grandchildren, Jordan (Alyx) Broghammer, Ava and Caden Broghammer, Cassie (Grant) Thompson, Callie Glidden and Corey Askildson, Ethan, Faith and Dawson Boileau, and Will and Lucy Keech; two brothers, Benjamin Broghammer and Frank (Paula) Broghammer; sister-in-law, Kathy Broghammer; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Lou (Roger) Hanson; two brothers, Neil and Mark Broghammer; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Broghammer.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, Clear Lake, was in charge of arrangements.
Service: Sept. 18, 11 a.m.,
at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Clear Lake
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel
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