In Memory

William Broedling

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02/01/19 08:58 PM #1    

James Wick

Deceased Classmate: William Broedling**
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Date Of Birth: 12-16-1949
Date Deceased: 04-17-2015
Age at Death: 65
Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure
Classmate City: Dayton
Classmate State: OH
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: Yes Air Force
Survived By: Son Eric Broedling; Daughter Amanda Broedling (Garry)Miller, Grandchildren; Austin Broedling, Ashlynn Broedling, Abbey Sweet, Isaiah Miller, Bryce Miller

My name is Diane Carpenter Broedling Sawyer. Having been Bill Broedling's wife for 13 years and steady girlfriend in high school, I could tell you so much about the man I married and knew for 49 years but I'll try to pick out the best parts. Bill's laughter was infectious, his grouchiness annoying, his cooking and grilling masterful, his generosity so helpful, his sentimentality tear-provoking, his mastery of stone healing amazing and his practical joking maddening but funny as hell! He was basically the same guy you all knew in high school. Not much changed other than age and experience and spiritual orientation. He still like to hunt, fish and drink beer. He loved 60's & 70's music and had many songs on vinyl. He had a memory like a trap door so nothing got by him. He loved and was loyal to his country having served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. We were married then and transferred every year for five years although he spent 15 months in the Philippines. Family meant everything to him so he got out of the service when we started our family and moved back to Dayton. We didn't want to pick up and move our children every year. Great-grandparents and grandparents were in Dayton along with a slew of aunts and uncles. He loved his old & new friends and delighted in reminiscing about times gone by. That memory would have come in handy...or the reunion. Ha Ha! I know he'll be there in spirit watching and laughing at us trying to impress one another with what we remember. He would've been there telling tales about all of us! A little story before I end. Pat Flanagan was a life-long friend of Bill's and Godfather to our son Eric. Most of you knew Pat or have at least frequented his pub. Bill hadn't seen him in years as they each had become busy with their lives as people do and lost touch. On one of many occasions when Bill happened to be in the hospital, he was placed in a two-bed room by the window with the curtain drawn. After awhile they rolled another patient in the room and place him on the other side of the curtain. All of a sudden he heard the other patient mutter a few words and he thought he recognized the voice. Bill said," that you? It's Bill!" The patient said "Broedling? What are you doing here?" They had a very brief conversation as Pat was in a lot of pain. They took him out of the room after awhile and Bill got word two hours later that Pat passed away. The curtain had never been opened. They never saw each other. What were the chances that two lifelong friends would end up in the same hospital room at the end of ones' life to say good-bye. A lesson to us all. Stay in touch. Don't wait until the curtain is drawn. As for Bill and I...after several years of separation and second marriages, we renewed our friendship and remained close until he passed. We shared holidays and family gatherings as our two children grew up, had many laughs and enjoyed our four grandchildren together. I'm so grateful for that. Thanks for the memories, the love, our children, our adventures, our friendship Bill. I will always love you and will never forget you. You were a good man. I want to also acknowledge that Bill was engaged to another of our classmates, Kathy McDaniel Zoldak, at the time of his passing. She took such good care of Bill and loved him so much, as he did her. Their time together was too short and best laid plans did not come to fruition, but her devotion to him was unfading to the end. For more factual info on Bill's life go to the Newcomer website. They do still have his obituary under William Edward Broedling, Jr.

                                                                               Diane Carpenter Broedling Sawyer

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02/28/19 03:05 AM #2    

Lynn Kohler (Rockhold)

Diane Carpenter Broedling Sawyer painted such a beautiful, descriptive and realistic picture of the Bill Broedling I remember.  If my memory serves me correctly, he also had intuitive mechanical talent to create, modify and repair almost anything, in addition he had an unforgettable laugh, honest & direct candor, steadfast loyalty,  generosity, sharp mind and kind heart!  No denying it, he was an authentic, remarkable, 'one-of-a-kind' person!

May you rest in peace, Bill, knowing that you made a positive impact on those who were fortunate enough to have known you!  Thanks for the joy and many fond memories! -- Lynn Kohler Rockhold

06/29/19 10:06 PM #3    

James Wick

Broedling, William E. age 65, of Kettering, passed away April 17, 2015. He was born December 16, 1949 in Dayton, OH, son of the late William E. Broedling Sr. and Edythe Mae Rhoads. William "Bill" is survived by his loving girlfriend Kathleen Zoldak, of three years; his 2 children, Eric T. Broedling and Amanda K. (Garry) Miller; 4 grandchildren, Austin T. Broedling, Ashlynn R. Broedling, Isaiah B. Miller, and Bryce A. Miller; 2 siblings, Tim (Laurie) Broedling and Suzanne Salas; and many other nieces, nephews, and great friends. He graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1969 then went on to join the United States Air Force in 1971, where he became a SSGT. He was honorably discharged in 1976 and remained active duty in the United States Air Force Reserves until 1985. After the military he worked as a Precision Polisher in the Tool and Die industry. Bill was an amazing father to his 2 children, a devoted family man and loving grandfather to his 4 grandchildren, teaching them all he knew about the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, outdoors and was very proud to be an American. He also had the love of being a fantastic cook and a master chef on the grill, feeding anyone and everyone around. He really enjoyed spending his time with family and friends, creating new memories every day. He will be truly missed by all and will be in our hearts forever. We would like to thank all the physicians, nurses, and staff members of Miami Valley Hospital, Kindred Hospital and Trinity Community Nursing Home, for taking extremely good care of our dad throughout his lengthy illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00am with a service beginning at 11:00am. A burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery,1625 Calvary Ave., Dayton, OH 45409.

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