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Fort Jennings

ELWOOD C. "PATS" BROECKER, 81, died at 9 p.m. Feb. 17, 2005, at Lima Memorial Health System.

He was born May 10, 1923, to Charles H. and Mayme Hershey Broecker, who preceded him in death. On June 1, 1954, he married Rita J. Brinkman, who survives.

Mr. Broecker was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. He was a member and former commander of American Legion Post 715, Fort Jennings. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740, Ottoville, and Voiture 60 40 et 8. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in one of the first units sent to the area. He was a lifelong baseball fan, playing with the Lima Reds in 1945 and 1946, a minor league team for the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed visiting his brother in California and stopping in Las Vegas. He loved fishing, playing cards and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors also include five children, Patricia Ann "Patty" Broecker of Kalida, Elmer Louis (Cathy) Broecker of Middle Point, Dolores Marie "Dolly" (Mike) Schnipke of Kalida, Robert Paul (Joan) Broecker of Delphos and Martha Rose "Marty" (Tony) Burgei of Cloverdale; a sister, Catherine Etgen of Delphos; a brother, John Broecker of Barstow, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Lorraine Muskat of Salem, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Catie Broecker, Kelly Schnipke, Scott Schnipke, Cody Schnipke, Christopher Broecker, Shawn Broecker, Nikki Burgei and Jenny Burgei.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Elwood Broecker; three brothers, his twin Elmer, George and William Broecker; a brother-in-law, Syl Etgen; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Broecker, Alice Broecker and Jean Broecker.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings. The Rev. Tony Borgia will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery, with military rites by American Legion Post 715 and VFW Post 3740.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 1 to 4:30 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, Ottoville, where a parish wake service will be held at 7 p.m. and an American Legion and VFW service at 7:30 p.m., both on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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