William W. "Bill" McBroom, son of the late Filden Samuel and Eunice M. Pippens McBroom, was born in St. Louis on Dec. 5, 1944, and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare Facility in Dexter on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at the age of 61.
He was formerly of Malden and Richland and had lived in Dexter for many years. He was an avid bowler and bingo player. He had spent 20 years as a school bus driver before retiring. He was a member of the Eagles Aerie and the Elks Lodge in Dexter. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, receiving a Purple Heart, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post in Lilbourn and a lifetime member of the D.A.V. chapter in Dexter.
Surviving are one daughter, Gillian Elizabeth Cagle of Dexter; one son, Aaron Gilbert McBroom of Dexter; two step-sons, David Shepard and Ronnie Joe Cannady, both of Bernie; one step-daughters, Debbie Freeman of Parma; six grandchildren, Chelsee Eagle, Adam Eagle, Trevor Burnham, Johnna McBroom, Austin Shepard, and Adysen Shepard; two brothers, Darrell T. McBroom of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Jerry Paiton McBroom of Pevely; three sisters, Betty Lou Rise, Lena Mae Barbara Rogers and Patricia Ann Blankenship, all of Dexter; and a special friend, Rita Clawson of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Denver Eugene McBroom; and one sister, Evelyn Sue Rollins.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter.
Interment will follow in the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.watkinsfuneralhome.com.