BROCKWAY, Willard 1871-1950
BROCKWAY, KINNEY, TITUS
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/3/2015 at 07:40:40
Willard Brockway Died Sunday
Willard Brockway, who was born in a log cabin at Fifteen Mile Grove 78 years ago, and who spent most of his life in this locality, died Sunday at his home in Grundy Center. He had been in failing health several years. He was bedfast during the past year.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Grundy Center Tuesday afternoon. The service was conducted by the resident pastor, Rev. J. L. Pace. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.
The following obituary was prepared by the officiating pastor and read by him at the church service:
Willard Brockway was born April 3rd, 1871, in a log cabin at Fifteen Mile Grove, Tame county, Iowa, the son of Albert Chester Brockway and Harriet Kinney Brockway. At this place he attended the public school, and grew to manhood. He attended highland Park college in Des Moines for a short time.
He chose for his life's work the profession of carpentering and building.
Willard Brockway was united in marriage to Elsie Titus, June 29, 1904. Shortly after their marriage, they settled in Olds, Alberta, Canada, where they made their home for a number of years. In 1912 they returned to Tama county, Iowa. After residing in Tama county for a short time, they moved to Grundy Center where they have made their home ever since, and where he worked at his trade and profession.
In his early manhood he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Guide through life, and the life to come. He united with the Baptist church of Grundy Center, and for many years served as a deacon in that church. He went home to be with the Lord on New Year's Day, Jan. 1 ,1950, at 1:15 p.m.
Willard Brockway leaves one sister, Ruth, and one brother, Charlie, and his immediate family--Elsie, his wife, of Grundy Center, Mrs. Beth Slifer of Tacoma, Wash., Mrs. Wilbur Callaway of Grundy Center, Mrs. Wilson Cheney of Marshalltown; two sons, Bruce of Grundy Center and Rev. Chester Brockway of Chicago; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
It was a gloomy day;
The mist was just a pining
For him, who in his human cell
Where he was wont to dwell
Had passed away.
And so, the mist just ceased repining
And now for him, the sun is shining.
Luke 1:78,78--"The dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 January 1950, pg 11
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