Robert T. “Bo” Broemmel

Jun 29th, 1937 - Dec 28th, 2020


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Thu, Jan. 7th, 2021 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM


Private Services


Calvary Cemetery

Sat, Jan. 9th, 2021 1:00 PM

Robert T. “Bo” Broemmel

Robert T. “Bo” Broemmel, age 83 of Marion, Illinois and Fort Myers, Florida, died on Monday, December 28, 2020 at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers.

Mr. Broemmel was born on June 29, 1937 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Lawrence H. and Isabel (Boesing) Broemmel. Sixty years ago, he married Judith “Judy” Heinz on October 8, 1960 at St. Peter Catholic Church in Quincy. Bo is survived by his loving wife Judy and through the years they raised five children. Bo enjoyed taking his family on vacations not only for fun but to learn of the history of our great country. In later years, Bo and Judy traveled extensively and he enjoyed playing golf on these trips.

In addition to his wife Judy Broemmel of Marion and Fort Myers, Florida, he is survived by his beloved children:

                 Brad T. Broemmel and wife Priscilla of Nokesville, Virginia

                Jeffrey D. Broemmel of Knoxville, Tennessee

                Barbara (Broemmel) Volmert and husband Russell of Washington, Missouri

                Jarett D. Broemmel of Seattle, Washington

                Jill (Broemmel) Lewis and husband Randy, Jr. of Marion

Grandchildren- Belinda (Broemmel) Nellet of Warrenton, Virginia

                Benjamin Broemmel of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

                PO3 Jared Broemmel, US Navy, Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Florida

                Daniel Broemmel of Fredericksburg, Virginia

                Nicholas Broemmel of Arlington, Virginia

                Andrew Broemmel and Patrick Broemmel of Nokesville, Virginia

                Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Broemmel, US Army, Fort Stewart, Georgia

                Zachariah Broemmel and Emmeline Broemmel of Knoxville, Tennessee

                Peter Volmert of Kansas City, Missouri

                Isabella, John, Joseph, and George Volmert of Washington, Missouri

                Daisy Broemmel of Seattle, Washington

                Brendan Lewis of Nashville, Tennessee

                John Robert Lewis and Ava Lewis of Marion

Great Grandchild- Josephine Nellet of Warrenton, Virginia

He is also survived by brothers: Steve Broemmel and wife Pat of Carbondale, Illinois

                Bruce Broemmel of Quincy, Illinois

                Sister-in-law Sue Broemmel of Lansing, Michigan

                Brother-in-law Alvin Birsinger of Friendswood, Texas

                Brother-in-law Phil Heinz and wife Carolyn of Ridgefield, Washington

                and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gregory Broemmel; and his sister-in-law Marcia (Heinz) Birsinger.

Bo is a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame high school, class of ’55, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, class of ’59 and served in the Army Reserves for six years. He began working for Moorman Manufacturing Company in 1959 as a district salesman in Quincy and Morris, Illinois and as the distribution center manager in Auxvasse, Missouri.  He also served as general manager for Collier-Evans Oil Company in Mexico, Missouri for five years before becoming a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments.

He moved to Marion in 1983 and opened the town’s first Edward Jones branch office near the square beginning a nearly three decades-long commitment to helping area residents with their savings, investments and financial security.  For 23 of those years he was invited to participate in the company’s Managing Partner Conference, reserved for the most elite advisors in the firm.  He retired in 2010.

He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Marion, where he cantored so many Sunday Masses with his rich baritone voice. He was also a member of St. John XXIII parish in Fort Myers, FL, a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus, and prior Eucharistic minister to the sick and aged.

Bo spent much of his time giving back to the communities he loved. Firstly, he was a member of Rotary Club International and, as a member for nearly 50 years, served as a board member and past president of chapters in Marion and in Mexico, Missouri.

Additionally, he was past president of the Marion High School Athletics Booster Club and served on many steering committees and boards including the Bank of Marion, the Marion Civic Center, the United Way, the Marion Unit 2 Foundation, two Chambers of Commerce, the Notre Dame Alumni Association, and local Boy Scouts of America troops.

When Bo wasn’t working or volunteering, he could often be found on the golf course, being a member of both the Kokopelli Golf Club in Marion and the Club at Gateway in Fort Myers. Golf was only the final chapter in a life of sport. For many, many years, Bo also played tennis and refereed high school basketball and football games. While at the University of Notre Dame, he earned a varsity letter in baseball and was a member of the Monogram Club.  In high school, he was a three-sport letterman and named to the Quincy Notre Dame high school sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

Visitation will take place at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion on January 7th from 5-7 p.m.  A private funeral service will be held on January 8th and will be available for internet viewing at 1pm on the St. Joseph parish website:  Internment will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Quincy with a grave side service on January 9th at 1 p.m.

The family requests that memorials be made to St. Joseph’s Church, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) School, Knights of Columbus, the Marion Ministerial Alliance or the Marion Unit 2 Foundation. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N. Market Street; Marion, IL 62959.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required.

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31 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Charles & frankie boatright

    From: Fort myers , Florida

    Date: January 3, 2021

    So sorry to hear this

  • Guest: Cara Crisp Sims

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: January 3, 2021

    Sending prayers of peace and comfort to the Broemmel family. We always admired and respected your family. sorry for your loss. He was a true gentleman.

  • Guest: Fred and Rita Monroe

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. Bo was a leader in the community and a well respected business man. His family has always followed in his footsteps. He will be missed and was known for his generosity of his time and help to others.

  • Guest: Barbara Smith

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 3, 2021

    Dear Judy & Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bo’s passing.
    Remembering your great love story today and always. A lifetime together is never enough and I’m thinking of you and your 5 children as you make arrangements to celebrate Bo’s wonderful life.
    God Bless each of you, your Friends
    Tim & Barbara Smith ❤️

  • Guest: Don Eldridge

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: January 4, 2021

    Shocked and saddened for your loss Judy

  • Guest: Marilee Luckett

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 4, 2021

    My thoughts & prayers go out to the

    Family now & forever.

  • Guest: Walt and Daphne Weber

    From: Fort Meyers, Florida

    Date: January 4, 2021

    What joy Bo brought to our lives every time we saw him. His gracious spirit was so contagious and Bo made a lasting impact on our lives.
    We will miss Bo’s beaming smile and wonderful laugh.
    We send our heartfelt love and condolences to Judy and all your family.
    Walt and Daphne Weber

  • Guest: Robert & Linda Zoeller

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 4, 2021

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Bo!! Our Thoughts and prayers are with your family!!!

  • Guest: Ron and Mickey Ransom

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bo will truly be missed.

  • Guest: Glenda Johnson

    From: Hilliard, Ohio

    Date: January 5, 2021

    My prayers are for you and your family, Judy. Bo was such a good man. Andy and I enjoyed our times with the two of you so much. I have so many fond memories of him and his contagious smile at Gateway.

  • Guest: Doug & Diana Backus

    From: Miromar Lakes, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Always a FRIEND,
    Always a COMPETITOR,
    Always a GENTLEMAN,

    May you REST IN PEACE…


  • Guest: Bob & Cheryl Trench

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Judy and children ~ It is difficult to believe that Bo – larger than life ~wonderful Bo ~ is no longer with us. Deepest sympathy and prayers for strength and courage and comfort in all the days to come.

  • Guest: Kaye Plocher

    From: Highland, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2021

    My deepest sympathies to the Broemmel family. Many fond memories of times spent with Bo, Judy, some of the kids, but especially Babs. Jim and Bo must be golfing in heaven now.

  • Guest: Wilhelm Pfander

    From: Ft.Myers, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Our sincere sympathy for Bo’s family. He will be missed by many. He always had a bug smile . Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love Ilse and Willie

  • Guest: Lisa and Patrick Clark

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: January 5, 2021

    We can’t find the words to say how sorry we are, and how much Bo will be missed. We are wishing you and your whole family comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  • Guest: Fred Gallina

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    We will truly miss Bo’s smile and laugh and I will miss his singing and great friendship.
    A true gentleman. RIP my friend.

  • Guest: Jim Williams

    From: Rochester , New York

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Our sincere condolences. I’ll remember Bo always with a smile on His face.

  • Guest: Phil Hourican

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 5, 2021

    I first met Bo at the old gym at the Club around 2015. He had on a Notre Dame tee shirt and I had a Pitt tee shirt. His friendly booming voice was very welcoming to this stranger. We ended up chatting about Illinois, my years in Illinois and Missouri, and my dad’s love of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish sports even when I was at Pitt and we were playing Notre Dame . 15 minutes later I felt like an old friend with shared interests in family,kids, grand kids, the value of education, and love of country. I will miss my friend and our gym chats. Rest in Peace, my friend.

  • Guest: Brenda Wilson

    From: Jefferson City , Missouri

    Date: January 5, 2021

    Judy, Barbara and family,

    So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    Brenda Wilson and family

  • Guest: Melanie Allen

    From: Douro-Dummer, Ontario, Canada, Illinois

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Dear Judy and Family,
    You were blessed with a wonderful husband, father and grand father. His love for and dedication to family, community and the Lord were central to his life. Bo’s laugh, smile, hugs and beautiful singing voice were part of his being and will be missed by all.
    May you draw on the love and support of each other and friends as you celebrate Bo’s life and memory.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Melanie and John Allen

  • Guest: Andrew Mayer

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Ill remember Bo as one of the most outgoing members of Gateway. He always had a smile to share and a welcoming, “How are your doing?” I’ll miss seeing Bo around the club.

  • Guest: Ron Ransom an Wife Michelle

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 6, 2021

    Our prayers are with Judy and her family with hope for grace, consolation and strength. Bo was a very close friend. We shared the love of reading and often hit our fitness center together. And of course we talked college football for hours. He always provided an infectious smile and the best laugh at our club. His passing has hit hard.

  • Guest: Fred Gallina

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Dear Judy,

    Please know how sorry I am for your loss. Bo was a true gentleman and a joy to be with in so many ways. His voice, laugh and smile will be sorely missed. Take heart that the footprints he left will be cherished by the many people he touched. I will miss him.

  • Guest: Edward Rodney

    From: Edwardsville, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    Dear Judy & family, I’m so sorry to hear of Bo’s passing. I had moved back to my hometown of Herrin, Illinois in 1983 and Bo walked into my office to introduce himself and not only took over my pension investments but created a friendship that I have always remembered. He always was concerned about his clients & their family. I know he will be missed.

  • Guest: Bob & Ida Nell Wargel

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 7, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Guest: Sherry (Settle) Zwicky

    From: Menasha, Wisconsin

    Date: January 8, 2021

    Jeff and family,
    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You will all be in the Settle family’s thoughts and prayers.

  • Guest: Richard Tretter

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: January 8, 2021

    Judy and family
    We are saddened by Bo’s passing. We are sure he was greeted with “Well done good and faithful servant”. He is a wonderful example for everyone. We had known him for only a few years but he will be missed in our lives. Our prayers are for your ease in sorrow.
    Richard and Mary Tretter

  • Guest: Chuck Perry

    From: Ft Myers, Florida

    Date: January 11, 2021

    He will be sorely missed by his many buddies at Gateway!
    Always had a friendly greeting
    Condolences to his fine families

  • Guest: Lynn and Jerry Everling

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 12, 2021

    To quote Campbell, “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. Bo will not be forgotten. RIP

  • Guest: Lou and Dee Hartlieb

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: January 14, 2021

    To the Family of Bo Broemmel,
    Lou and I send prayers and virtual hugs to all of you. Bo was an instant friend and his smile and enthusiasm will be missed greatly by all who knew him. His love of music and great voice was an extra bonus to those who sat near him at St. John’s. He was one of the friendliest people who caught your eye and shared his stories at any chance he got. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • Guest: Mike Auman

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 15, 2021

    Sorry to read of Bo’s death in the paper and wish to share my condolences with the family. Judy, we shared a Bible class with Sister A, while Bo and I had many lunches to discuss current events, several at Walt’s. I knew Bo as a congenial person of integrity that always advised my mother on secure investments. I am sure that he was loved by your large family and again, my sympathy for his loss. Best, Mike Auman