PRINCETON – Rodney Van Broshears Sr. ("Van," "Gopher," "RV") passed away March 8, 2018, at his residence.
Rodney was born Sept.19, 1948 to Donald and Edna Ruth (Duncan) Broshears at Princeton. He married Jo Ann Roos on May 21, 1977.
Besides his wife he is survived by two daughters, Holly Ann (Jonathon) Ryan of Haubstadt and Kassi Leigh of Haubstadt; son, Rodney Van Broshears Jr. of Evansville; granddaughter, Presley Jean Ryan; four brothers, Donald (Jeri Ann) Dayton, Gene (Mary Ester "Mel"), Charles and Michael (Nancy); several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many cousins including a special cousin who was like a brother – Jim (Calvin) Davis; and many friends.
Rodney attended Marlette grade school and graduated from Fort Branch High School in 1967. He worked as a conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad nearly 30 years until he was injured on the job. He served as vice-president of the United Transportation Union for many years and also on the safety committee for Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Van served as past president and active member of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary, member of the Haubstadt Chamber of Commerce (Haubstadt Sommerfest), member of St. James Church where he enjoyed frying chicken at the summer social and member of the UTU Alumni and Fort Branch High School Alumni. Van was also one of the founding members of the Titan Youth Football League and always a supporter of Gibson Southern High School.
Van enjoyed NASCAR and showing his 1955 Chevy "Ms. Scarlett." He enjoyed raising German Shepherd puppies for years, and always had German shepherd dogs as pets. Van was a great cook and enjoyed cooking for friends and family. Van definitely never met a stranger.
Service is at 10 a.m. Monday, March 12, at St James Catholic Church with Father Kenneth Betz as celebrant.
Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch, and from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. at the church.
A VFW Auxiliary program is planned at 1:30 p.m. at the funeralhome Sunday.
Memorial donations may be made to Gibson Southern Titan Youth Football League and VFW Post 2714.