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Edward D. Brokaw

September 24, 1931 October 1, 2019
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Edward Dean Brokaw, 88, of Grand Island passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 1st, 2019 at Bickford Cottage in Grand Island, NE.

Services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home Chapel in Grand Island, NE with Reverend Robert Hayden officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Friday at Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will take place at The Grand Island City Cemetery following the service.

Ed was born on September 24th, 1931 in Tekamah, Nebraska to Charles V. & Ethel L. (Mallette) Brokaw.

He grew up in Fremont & Uehling, NE, graduating from Uehling High School in 1949.He was united in marriage to Ida “Edie” Sass on September 24th, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in Oakland, NE. After marriage they lived in Fremont, Nickerson, & Elk City, then moved to Valley in 1960.

They later moved to Grand Island, NE in 1978.After graduating high school Ed worked at Valley Manufacturing (now Valmont Industries). In August of 1955, Ed starting working at Swift in Omaha, NE. In the spring of 1959 he then started working at McCann’s Sand & Gravel in Valley, NE where he worked for the next 19 years. In 1978 McCann’s sold to Hartford Sand & Gravel, and he was transferred to Grand Island to become the manager of their newly acquired Luther Maddox Sand & Gravel Company which eventually became Central Sand & Gravel Company. He worked there until retiring at age 75 in 2006.

Ed’s hobbies include wood working, including building furniture, and following his beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. Ed was a volunteer for the Valley Fire Department as well as serving as Fire Chief for many years. He served as the President of the Nebraska State Volunteers Fire Chiefs Association and was also a member of the State Fire School Committee for Volunteer Fireman. He is a member of the Nebraska Volunteer Fireman Hall of Fame.

Ed & Edie were married for 66 years until Edie passed away in December of 2016.

Ed is survived by seven children including, Lureen (Francis) Morgan, Ed Jr. (Mary) Brokaw, Bonita (John) Hilbert, Glenice (Don) Simons, Donna (Kenny) Beale, Shelley (Sam) Van Norman and Scott (Barb) Brokaw. He is also survived by his brother, Roger (Kathy) Brokaw; sisters, Elaine Kersten, Joyce Jennings, and Patsy Andersen.

Also surviving Ed are his 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Lois Wacker and grandsons, Peter Hansen & Joseph Brokaw.

Memorials are suggested to the Valley Nebraska Fire Department. Online condolences may be directed to Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

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5:00 PM 10/4/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/4/2019 7:00:00 PM
Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel

601 North Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803

Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel
601 North Webb Road Grand Island 68803 NE
United States





10:30 AM 10/5/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel

601 North Webb Road
Grand Island, NE 68803

Livingston Sondermann Funeral Chapel
601 North Webb Road Grand Island 68803 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Grand Island City Cemetery Final Resting Place

3168 W Stolley Park Rd.
Grand Island, NE 68801

3168 W Stolley Park Rd. Grand Island 68801 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

Valley Nebraska Fire Department

210 W Church St.
Valley, NE 68064

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