Roger Brocka

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.


Mary Brewer Nannenga on April 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM said:

Prayers to the entire Brocka family from an old neighbor.
Diean Sabin on March 19, 2015 at 5:13 PM said:

So sorry to hear about Roger my sympathy to you and the family .
Ron Boevers & Mary Ann Heyer on March 19, 2015 at 11:24 AM said:

Maxine & family. So very sorry to hear about Roger. Please accept our condolences.
Brenda Havens on March 19, 2015 at 8:54 AM said:

To Roger's family I am very sorry to hear about Roger I remember him when I would come with Rachel to one of the family gatherings it was always a fun time. prayers to all.
John & Kathy Salisbury on March 18, 2015 at 5:32 PM said:

Maxine & family,
Have wonderful memories of time spent with Roger & your family, he will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time.
Connie Phillis on March 18, 2015 at 1:07 PM said:

Alan, Amy and all of the Brocka family, my sincere sympathy to you all. My prayers for God's comfort at this time of your loss.
Pat Westmeyer on March 18, 2015 at 11:48 AM said:

So sad to hear about Roger. I worked with him for many years and he was always funny and very nice to be around. my deepest sympathy to the entire Brocka family, my thoughts are with you.
Paula Wehling & Daniel Love on March 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM said:

We enjoyed Roger & Maxine's company when they came to visit us in Florida. We're glad he got to go to the Daytona 500 a few times a few years back. I know he had a great time there. He had fun playing cards with us almost every day they were here. It's just too bad that Roger & Dan couldn't beat Maxine & I. Dan & I will miss him a lot.
Teresa Gaede on March 17, 2015 at 1:42 PM said:

My deepest condolences to the entire Brocka family. Uncle Roger was a wonderful man whom will be deeply missed. He always had a way about himself to put a smile on your face, made you feel welcome and share a laughter of two. I have wonderful memories with Roger and his family.
May you find strength in Lord to see you through this difficult time.
With Love and Prayers
Teresa, Rick, Kelsy and Keaton
Kenny and Julie Hennings on March 17, 2015 at 1:03 PM said:

So sorry to hear about your loss. The entire Brocka family has our deepest sympathy.
Dawn & kevin Holm on March 17, 2015 at 12:47 PM said:

Thinking of you all during this very difficult time. Roger always like to have fun, with a smile on his face. Keep all the good memories close to your heart.
Gene and Sherri Nieman on March 17, 2015 at 11:11 AM said:

Wayne, Kim, and family, Our sympathy and prayers for you all on the loss of your loved one.
Pat & Dianne Norton on March 17, 2015 at 8:48 AM said:

Our thought and prayers are with the entire Brocka Family at this difficult time. I have so many fond memories growing up next door to the Brocka family and I did babysitting for Roger and Maxine too! Such good people. Hugs to all of you.
Londa Wihlm on March 17, 2015 at 7:59 AM said:

Sending prayers to your family. Roger was a great man and always had a smile on his face and able to put a smile on mine. Londa
Eldon &Mardell on March 16, 2015 at 10:03 PM said:

sorry,to hear about Roger. He was a great guy! He
Will be missed. Our deepest symtathy.

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