John Broesch, age 80 of Portage, Wisconsin and formerly of Winter, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at the Wm. S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
Memorial funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at the Portage United Methodist Church in Portage with Pastor Tom Countryman officiating.
John Jacob Broesch was born to Jacob and Caroline Krinke Broesch in Portage on April 5th 1934. He loved to learn and explore by doing, constructing and demolishing; he set out to make his mark on the world early in life. At the age of seventeen he joined the army and traveled to Germany always ready to serve his country during the Korean War. He returned to Portage in 1955 to marry Ramona Robbins, losing her and their infant daughter Loretta later that year during childbirth.
In 1957 as he travelled earning a living in the road construction field he met and was united in marriage of thirty one years to Marie Kuester in Watertown adding her sons Dennis, David and Fred to his family, a year later it expanded with the birth of their daughter Kristine. They resided in Watertown enjoying friends and family gatherings, playing cards, and exploring the outdoors as he worked for Allard Trucking and A Kramp Company. In 1964 he started his own business managing the Enco Gas and Service station servicing vehicles, selling ampicats and coots, renting tandem bikes, and other services. In 1970 they uprooted and started a new adventure in Winter owning and operating The Bumble Bee Resort on Black Dan Lake. He quickly expanded the small bar into a Supper Club while renting cabins and becoming a popular attraction in the Northwoods. Many happy memories and crazy stories were created in the eighteen years at the Bee with his family and many friends as customers formed lifelong friendships. In 1988 he returned to his childhood neighborhood in Portage to start a new chapter after Marie’s passing. He found opportunity and enjoyment in the employment at Riverside Farms by the Phil Pines’ family, in that he was able to spend his days with his first love the outdoors and always staying active. He and was united in marriage of twenty three years to Joan (Dolly) Dahl (children Danny and Dawn) in 1990, they enjoyed gardening, Nascar, Packers, cards and friendships. John will always be remembered for the memories he created. He was always willing to help a stranger and found himself in situations to come to the rescue of others. A friend to many, he loved his garage full of his collections and a good bargain. John loved car racing, outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, good conversation and a drink, repairing cars, taking in orphaned animals, friendships and hard work. If you could get him to sit down it may include a Western or crime show. Most of all he enjoyed bringing a smile to a child’s face, especially Terje’s. John leaves behind a devoted family and countless friendships that have lived for years and miles. He is survived by his daughter, Kristine Rankin (Joe Schwellenbach) of Winter, granddaughter, Kara (Matt) Paske of Portage, grandson, Ryan Rankin of Sun Prairie, great-grandson Terje Paske; sister, Verona Gray of Portage, sister-in-law, Joyce Hamilton of Baraboo; many relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Caroline; wives, Ramona, Marie and Joan; daughter, Loretta; sister, Agnes; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Clayton and Millie, Roger and Linda, Donald and Lucy, Eugene and Marie and William; and brother-in-law, Harvey Gray.