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Bronner, Robert Burdette 1919 - 2020

BRONNER, SCHIURER, HOPPIE, MCGHEE, WELLS-MANGOLD

Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 9/4/2020 at 13:21:28

Robert Burdette Bronner passed away from complications of Covid-19 on August 31, 2020 at the age of 100. He was born September 24, 1919 to Albert and Addie (Schiurer) Bronner in rural Howard County. He farmed and lived for 60 years across the road from the Zion United Methodist Church on the Golden Ridge northwest of Cresco, Iowa. He was confirmed and a member there his entire life. Robert married Ione Hoppie, April 17, 1943 and to this union three sons where born. Robert and Ione were married 65 years. Ione passed away in 2008.

When he first started farming, Robert milked cows and farrowed sows the old fashioned way. He also raised Cheviot sheep that were shown at the Howard County Fair. Later he raised Hereford and Black Agnus stock cows and finished the calves. He was thrilled when he purchased his first tractor; a 1945 Farmall H. Chopping corn in the fall and filling many of the neighborhood silos led to a sore neck and hearing loss, but it never affected playing cards and fishing. Robert and Ione took many bus trips and fishing trips that covered most of the United States and they also traveled to Europe.

Even when his physical health and failing eyesight prohibited him from active involvement in agriculture, he continued to farm every day in his heart. He never lost track of the seasons and the tasks that needed attention. Those who knew Robert will remember his deep hearty laughter.

Robert was a member of Howard County Farm Bureau and Howard County Historical Society.

Robert is survived by his three sons; Dennis (Martha Ann) Bronner, Polk City, IA, Kelvin (Terri) Bronner Cedar Rapids, IA, Brent (Patsy) Bronner, Cresco, IA, grandchildren; Jason (Anna) Bronner, Jennifer (Chris) McGhee, Nathan Bronner, Luke Bronner, Sarah Bronner, Robyn (Kellen) Wells-Mangold, great-grandchildren; Keaton McGhee, Leila Bronner, Maya Bronner, Breyker Wells-Mangold and Willa Wells-Mangold.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, parents and three brothers; Kenneth, Eldred and Clarence.

A private family service will be held at Lindstrom Funeral Home in Cresco with burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorials can be directed to Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Source: Lindstrom Funeral Home database

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