Leo Brokken

By Ellis Codjoe, June 24, 2019

Leo Richard Brokken, 78, of rural Fairfield, IA passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at the First Christian Church in Fairfield with Pastor Peggy Egbert officiating. Burial will be held in the Union Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Fairfield, IA with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or to ARC Camp Courageous Scholarships. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Leo Richard Brokken was born at his home in Jefferson County on December 31, 1940 to Eivind “Ed” and Anna Leu Brokken. He attended Fairfield high school, graduating in 1959. Leo was united in marriage to his best friend Mary “Dianne” McLain on August 8, 1964 in Lockridge, IA at the New Sweden United Methodist Church. Together they became the proud parents to four children; Christopher, Rodger, Allen, and Joe. Leo worked hard to support his family. He sold cars, worked at Dexter Foundry, was a Transit Bus Driver, and farmed for many years. Leo served in the Iowa National Guard and was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eagles, and Elks. He loved playing cards with Dianne and their group of friends. Leo was an avid fisherman, hunter, trapper, and storyteller. He loved to cheer on the Hawkeyes and very seldom missed watching or listening to a game. Above all he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and the many friends he met along the way. For more of Leo’s story go to https://bit.ly/2Fodb9G.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rodger Adam Brokken and two siblings, Kathryn Heston and Wallace Brokken.

Left to share his story is his loving wife, Dianne Brokken of Fairfield; three children, Christopher Thomas Brokken of Fairfield, Allen Paul (Janet) Brokken of Bloomington, IL, and Joe Daniel Brokken of Seattle, WA; three grandchildren, Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan Brokken; five siblings, Ray Brokken, Helen Terrill, Rosalyn Kautz, Sonja Brokken, and Tom Brokken, as well as many extended family and friends.

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