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BROMBERG, Luverne J. "Vern" c1927-2014


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 5/7/2014 at 01:02:40

L. J. “Vern” Bromberg, 86, of East Dubuque, Illinois, and formerly of Charles City and Tampa, Florida, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Oak Park Place in Dubuque.

There will be no formal funeral service at this time. A memorial service will be held later in Charles City. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family.

Vern was born on a farm southwest of Canby, Minnesota, the son of Herman and Jennie (Saltee) Bromberg. He attended school in Canby. He married Norma E. Vandevoorde in Marshall, Minnesota, on October 8, 1945.

Vern served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, attending both Central and Eastern Signal Corps Schools in the 1940s. He was employed by Radio Station KMHL in Marshall, Minnesota, from 1948-1951 and Radio Station KCHA, in Charles City from 1951-1955. He purchased KCHA in 1955 and built KCHA-FM in 1971.

He anchored the “Noon News” broadcast on KCHA in Charles City for 30 years. Vern was known as “Freckled Freddie” on the country western show, Cedar Valley Ranch.

Vern was active in Charles City community endeavors. He was awarded the distinguished service award by the Iowa Jaycees. He also was Editor of the State Jaycee Paper, “Action.” He served on a number of boards of directors including the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, also serving as president of the board. He was a member of the chamber ambassadors, and a member of the National and Iowa Broadcasting Associations.

He sold KCHA in 1986 and retired to the Tampa, Florida area. The family returned to the Midwest in 2006.

He is survived by wife Norma; daughter Pamela (Steve) Popelka of Charles City; son Barry (Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque; three grandchildren, Dirk (Kelly) [redacted] of Austin, Texas, Trevor Bromberg of Littleton, Colorado, and Theresa Bromberg of Fort Collins, Colorado; one great-grandson Dax [redacted] of Austin, Texas; and one sister, Doris Reiners of Lakeville, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, the Cancer Fund and to Hospice of Dubuque.

Vern’s family wishes to extend a special “thank you” to Hospice of Dubuque for its staff’s kind and compassionate care.

Source: Charles City Press, 6 MAY 2014
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