William Broker

William Broker, St.

COLON – William Broker St., 86, 135 S. St. Joseph St.., Colon,  died November 14, 1966, at the home of his son, William F. Broker , with whom he had made his home for the last three years.

He was born in Meckleaburg, Germany, Apr. 15, 1881, a son of Christian and Helmine (Ahlgrim) Broker. He came to the United States at the age of three months, and had lived in and around this area ever since.

On  Oct. 28, 1915, he was married to Olive E. Sams. She died in August of 1951.

At the age of 13, Mr. Broker was accidently shot by a neighbor, causing him to lose his sight in both eyes. During that year (1894), he entered the Scholl for the Blind, in Lansing.

He left the school in 1906 and went into the music business with a friend, Mr. Sisson, in Imlay City.

Mr. Broker returned to Colon in 1908, and established the William Broker Music House, which he owned, and in later years operated with his son, William F., until retiring 10 years ago. Mr. Broker had been well known for his fine tenor voice and had been asked to sing many solos in the area.

He attended the Assembly of God Church in Colon.

Surviving are four sons, William F., John H., and Lewis J., all of Colon, and Andrew C., of Three Rivers; one daughter, Mrs. Herman (Helmina) Oldenburg, of Colon; a stepson, Harold Dougherty, of Hillsdale; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, twin daughters, three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Friends may call at the Schipper Funeral Home here until noon Thursday, after which the body of Mr. Broker will bne taken to the First Methodist Church, where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Norman Horton and the Rev. H. C. Mulvaney, pastors of the Colon God Churches,

Interment will take place in Lakeside Cemetery here.