Roger M. Brocka, 76, of Tripoli, died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the Waverly Health Center.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli with Rev. Scott Duffus officiating. Interment will follow in Fremont Cemetery, rural Tripoli with military rites provided by Brandenburg-Krueger Post #4013, V.F.W. of Tripoli. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 18th at Rettig Funeral Home in Tripoli and for one hour preceding services at the church on Thursday.
Roger Morris Brocka, son of Edward and Marie (Hoodjer) Brocka, was born August 3, 1938, in Butler County, Iowa. He graduated from Tripoli High School in 1956, and was united in marriage with Maxine Gaede on June 24, 1962, at St. John Lutheran Church, Spring Fountain of rural Sumner, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Army reserve in 1955. Roger worked for Brown’s Lumber Yard, Dobb’s Construction, drove truck, and retired from Carnation (Nestle) in Waverly after thirty-two years. He also farmed his entire life in the Tripoli area. Roger was a NASCAR fan and never missed a race on TV. He also loved the Green Bay Packers, farming, his red tractors, and especially enjoyed being around his grandchildren and watching all of their many activities.
In addition to his wife, Maxine of Tripoli, he is survived by two sons, Wayne (Kim) Brocka of Readlyn and Alan (Amy) Brocka of Tripoli; four daughters, Wanda (Mike) O’Regan of Leland, Illinois, Cheryl (Rich McKinney) of West Des Moines, and Tammy (Eugene) Katzenburger and Julie (Shane) Hunt, both of Waverly; fourteen grandchildren; three step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; one brother, Leroy (Marilyn) Brocka, and two sisters, Joan (Darrol) Kohagen and Lois (Terry) Jordan, all of Sumner; eight sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James; and three brothers-in-law.