Ken Brocker

Ken and Joyce Brocker
Ken and Joyce Brocker

REED CITY — Ken Brocker, 71, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, just 19 days shy of his 72nd birthday.

He was born at home in Grand Rapids on Nov. 28, 1941. He is the son of Ernest (Dutch) and Dona Brocker. As a small child, his family moved to Chase, and later to Reed City. A worker right from the start, Ken did his chores before going to school each morning. While at school, he made up a book and did a report on it. When the teacher tried to find the book, he explained that there weren't many in print and he didn't know what happened to his copy! He got an A! He had a fabulous imagination.

Ken met Joyce Nelson at Reed City High School. They are 1960 graduates. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army. He is still proud of his expert sharpshooter trophy. Before leaving for Germany, Ken married Joyce on Oct. 8, 1960 in Missouri. He was gone two years and 25 days. They were stationed in Arizona until his honorable discharge. Upon returning to Michigan, he ran heavy equipment, then worked at Michigan Cottage Cheese. On his way home from work, he stopped daily at Michigan Wisconsin Pipeline to see if they were hiring yet. Glenn Norton finally told him, "Brocker, I see you every day. I might as well start getting something out of you." That started what would become a 32-year-long career as a control technician.

Upon retirement, Ken started his fun time. Fun time to him meant working — just about the same hours, only for a lot less pay, to help family, friends and even strangers at McDonald's.

Ken and Joyce summered at Round Lake, where again, he worked to help anyone he could. He got immense joy in helping others. He created projects until the end to make the job easier. His one possible flaw is that he worked too hard, but that was Ken Brocker!

Those who will miss him the most are his wife, Joyce; children, Tami (John Cinka) Hull, and Mike (Nancy) Brocker; grandchildren, Kaylei (Scott) Hayward and Ty Brocker; great-grandson Kayleb Hull; and his siblings, Larry Brocker, Elsie Johnson, and Cinda Brocker. He also leaves behind many friends who are considered family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his parents-in-law; his brothers, Joe and Bill; and his grandson, Zac.

Ken helped others through the Donation of Life. As he wished, there will be no services of any kind.

We love you! Rest in peace, McGuiver!