OREGON – John “Jake” Broderick, 70, of Oregon, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Oregon.
Jake was born June 9, 1943, in Norwood, Mass., to Michael and Margaret “Peggy” (Doyle) Broderick. They moved in the early 1950s to Oregon, where he resided his entire life. Jake graduated from Oregon High School in 1961. He attended Northern Illinois University, where he played football for the Huskies. He was a member of the 1963 football team, which won the College Division National Championship with an undefeated 10-0 record. He was married to Bridget Sassaman for 24 years. He was a member of the Mendota Elks, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and Rock River Valley Pigeon Club.
Jake lived life to the fullest. He loved the outdoors, being an avid hunter and fisherman. He raised and raced homing pigeons. He enjoyed playing golf and watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears. He worked at E.D. Etnyre and Co. for 43 years, starting in 1964 as a factory worker assembling chip spreaders. He progressed into the service department, then outside sales, and eventually retired as sales manager in January 2007. Jake was an adored and devoted son, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. He had a personality beyond compare, never missing the opportunity to make a great story even better. He exhibited a spirit of quiet generosity to those who needed help, and unyielding loyalty to his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by many.
Jake is survived by one son, Jason (Susan) Broderick of Genoa; one daughter, Jill (Herb) Klein of Peru; five grandchildren, Colin, Ethan, Connor, Matthew, and Lauren; four brothers and one sister, Mick (Elizabeth) Broderick of Mount Morris, David (Dorothy) Broderick of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Jim (Jan) Broderick and Dennis Broderick, both of Oregon, and Ellen (Dave) Hoffman of Sterling; and his very special friend and companion, Bonnie Smith of Polo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A gathering in celebration of his life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Oregon. Pallbearers will be Gary Roos, Dick Zimmerman, Roger Watts, Steve Carr, Butch Hepfer, Jim Musser, and Don Etnyre.
Memorials may be directed to the family to be donated to those organizations enjoyed and supported by Jake, or to the donor’s choice.
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