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L.R. Bud Brosi

May 25, 1914 - June 29, 2008

NAPERVILLE – L.R. Bud Brosi, a six-year resident of Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Naperville, passed through the gates of Heaven on Sunday morning, June 29, 2008, at the age of 94.

Born on May 25, 1914, in Quincy, he was the third son of Albert A. and Bertha (Soebbing) Brosi.

Bud was a man among men, a devoted and loving husband for 58 years to the late Helen M. (Berter) and father to Bruce L. (Dianna) of Chadds Ford, Pa., and Judith (Charles) Buckman of Naperville.

He began his business career in the personnel department of Moorman’s Manufacturing Co. in Quincy but left to join the War Manpower Commission during World War II. Following the war, he was employed at John W. Hobbs Corp. in Springfield as the personnel director, leaving to become personnel director of public safety for the state of Illinois. He concluded his public service as the executive director for the Sangamon County Medical Society. Throughout his professional life, he served as mentor and model to many and continued that service through his membership in SCORE after his retirement.

During his young adulthood, he served as commandant for the Quincy Boat Club, where he and Helen proudly shared their MYHOBIE boat with their many friends and family on the mighty Mississippi River. While living in Quincy, he was president of the Jaycees and was involved in many civic organizations. When he moved to Springfield in the late 1940s, he continued to be active in many philanthropic organizations and was involved with the Illinois Society of Association Executives, Illinois Medical Society and Lindsay Homeowner’s Association. An avid reader of the life and works of Abraham Lincoln, he even adopted the one unbroken stroke of the pen when writing his signature.

Bud is survived by his two children and their spouses; three grandchildren, Tina, Erin (Andy) and Brian (A.J.); two great-grandchildren, Mandy and Mitchell; a brother-in-law, Charles Nicolay; numerous nieces and nephews; and many neighbors and friends who loved his sweet disposition and will keep his memory alive through their many fond memories of him.

A celebration of his life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. A prayer service will be held at 4:45 p.m. He will enter his final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum following a funeral Mass to be held Thursday, July 3, 2008, at Christ the King Catholic Church, where he was a founding member. The Rev. Donald Meehling will officiate.

Memorials in his honor may be directed to the American Lung Association or the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis.

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