D.J. "Yogi" Van Brocklin

D.J. “Yogi” Van Brocklin, 86, of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, November 3, 2013, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday,November 6, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner with Pastor Laura Hucke officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery of rural Hawkeye. A memorial fund will be established and memorials may be given directly to the family. 

Donald Judd Van Brocklin, son of Judd and Grace Brockway Van Brocklin, was born October 19, 1927, in Eden Township of rural Fayette County, Iowa. He graduated from Alpha Consolidated School in 1946, and later served with the U.S. Army. He farmed briefly, did carpentry work, and worked in mines in Arizona prior to establishing an excavating business in 1974 in Fredericksburg. He continued the business until retirement. He had been a resident of Fredericksburg for many years, and a member of the American Legion in Safford, Arizona for the past 40 years.

“Yogi” is survived by two daughters, Debra K. (LaVern) Ferguson of Moline, Illinois and Terry Jo (Bob) Von Roden of Robins; four grandchildren, Alicia (Alex) Pickett of Coralville, Sara (Josh) Reaktenwalt, Lisa (Corey) Shipman, and Bryan (Brittani) Von Roden, all of Cedar Rapids; six great grandchildren, Jaxson Shipman, Elliotte Von Roden, Dimitri Pickett, Leland Reaktenwalt, Tidus Pickett, and Huesten Von Roden; and two sisters, Virginia Toenges of Hawkeye and Caryl Hoepfner of Milton Freewater, Oregon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Russell; and one grandson, Lucas Ferguson.


Ron and Rose O'Connell on November 8, 2013 at 4:17 AM said:

Debbi and Terri,
You have our deepest sympathies at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Ron & Pam Schutte on November 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM said:

You have our sympathy. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob & Rose Otters on November 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM said:

Our deepest sympathy to Yogi's family.
John & Marlys Zimmer on November 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM said:

We send our sympathy to all his family. Yogi has been a good friend and neighbor. We enjoyed many good fishing times and was always willing, even in his recent condition, to help us when we were gone with lawn and watering plants etc., the best he could. We will miss him.

Becker-Milnes Funeral Home

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