Thomas Lee Brodbeck, 85, of Warren, IN, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.Mr. Brodbeck graduated from St. Mary’s Memorial High School in 1953 and served in Korea with the U.S. Army. He began his bus working career with the city of St. Mary’s Department of Power and Light, rising to the role of chief engineer. He then moved to Huntington with his family where he began college at the age of 35. Working third shift for an insulation factory, he attended classes during the day and would graduate from Huntington College five years later with both a bachelor’s and master’s. He served his first congregation in Van Buren. He served as a director of Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine, OH, and pastored churches in Fort Wayne, Boise, ID, and Waldron, MI. During an interim period, he was also the safety director and interim city manager in St. Mary’s. From 1993 to 2003, he served as plant manager at Sauder Woodworking in Archbold, OH. He retired from ministry at the age of 81. He was born on Nov. 12, 1935, in St. Mary’s, OH, to Arthur and Thelma Sampson Brodbeck. He married Anna Chivington. She preceded him in death. He then married Catherine “Cathy” Douglas. She survives. Additional survives include two sons, Tom (Karen) Brodbeck, of Springsfield, OH, and Tim (Kathy) Brodbeck, of Wentzville, OH; a daughter, Julie Brodbeck, of Columbus, OH; a sister, Nancy (Dick) McCreedy, of Niles, MI; two sisters-in-law, Mary Brodbeck, of Swanton, OH, and Barbara (Ken) Thompson, of Huntington; a brother-in-law, Paul Douglas, of Warren; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two newborn children, Todd Brodbeck and Tamela Brodbeck, a son-in-law, Steven Votaw, and a grandson-in-law, Nathan Jaskowiak.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at 11 a.m., at the Glancy-H.Brown & Son Funeral Home, Warren, with calling beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the service.Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery, 631 Greenville Road, St. Mary’s. Military Rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army.
Memorials may be made to Camp Cotubic, 2158 Road 25 N., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Online condolences may be made at glancyfuneralhomes.com.