MANISTIQUE - Robert W. Broullire, 88, of 734 Oak St., Manistique, Mich., died peacefully on March 10, 2014, at the Schoolcraft Medical Care Facility in Manistique where he had resided for the past week.
He was born March 18, 1925, in Iron Mountain, Mich., the son of Louis and Ellen (Larson) Broullire and attended schools there. He excelled in high school athletics and as a patriotic young man, was offered an early graduation from Iron Mountain High School with the Class of 1943 after enlisting in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Alabama until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Robert W. Broullire
He later attended and graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in Milwaukee in 1949. He accepted the position of funeral director at the Erickson Funeral Home in Iron Mountain and later the Morton Funeral Home in Manistique.
On June 3, 1950, he married the former Eleanor A. Carlson at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique. They made their home and raised their family in Manistique.
In 1951, he and his classmate Donald E. Messier of Escanaba purchased the Morton Funeral Home in Manistique and established the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique and in Garden in 1961. He became the sole proprietor of the business in 1968 following the death of his partner. He was humbled to see his business grow and was appreciative to have served generations of area families until his retirement in 1990.
During his career he was also elected and served as the Schoolcraft County coroner for 28 years and also served as the Schoolcraft County military service officer, helping area veterans with benefits for many years. He was always a strong supporter of higher education and military service.
In 1977 he was elected to the board of directors of the State Savings Bank of Manistique and held that position for 20 years, and honorary director thereafter.
He was a member and past president of the Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique and a member and past president and secretary of the Manistique Rotary Club. He also was a life-member of the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post, a life-member of the Manistique Elks Lodge, a member of the Schoolcraft County American Legion, the Lakeside Lodge F.& A.M. of Manistique, the Francis Moore Consistory and the Ahmed Temple of Marquette, the Indian Lake Golf and Country Club and the Dodge-Island Lake property owners association.
His greatest joy outside of work was to spend time with family and friends at his cottage on Dodge Lake and bring guests around the lakes in his run-a-bout boat, the "Ka-Lyn-To." He was successful in his lobby to bring telephone service to upper Hiawatha Township in the 1960s so that he could spend more time there.
Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor A. Broullire of Manistique; son, Thomas R. Broullire of Manistique; daughters, Kathy (Thomas) Redd of Shelby Township, Mich., and Lynn (Dr. Philip) Stella of Ann Arbor; grandchildren, Kimberly (Michael) Bahrmasel of Chicago, Erin (James) Crane of Royal Oak, Dr. Sarah Stella (Roger) Stace of Denver, Jonathan Stella of Ann Arbor, Julia Stella at the University of Michigan, Philip Stella at the University of Notre Dame, Alyssa Stella at Boston College, Anders Broullire at Hope College and Cadet Kenner Broullire at the United States Military Academy at West Point; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, MSP Trooper Ralph L. Broullire and Kenneth D. Broullire; and his sister, Carol J. McDonald.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique with Rev. David Hueter officiating.
Burial will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery at Manistique.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Educational Foundation of your choice (Manistique, St. Francis, Big Bay de Noc, or Iron Mountain) or to the Zion Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.