Edgar “Ed” C. Broom of St. Croix Falls died Sept. 15, 2021, with family by his side at Osceola Medical Center. He was 87.
Ed was born to John and Mabel (Lockrem) Broom on April 25, 1934, at The Asbury Hospital in
Minneapolis. Ed married the love of his life, Barbara Jean Thurner, on April 30, 1955. Growing up Ed’s greatest passion was building and flying model planes. When he was just 14 years old he attended the Second International Model Plane Contest held in Detroit, Mich., in 1948, where he took home a second place trophy in the Junior Division Outdoor Powered Stick competition with his hand-built model plane. In 1949, he attended the Third International Model Plane Contest, again held in Detroit, where he improved upon his initial success and took home a first place trophy. Over the years Ed’s passion for flight and flying led him to earn both his pilot and glider licenses. He purchased a 1941 Piper J-3 Cub and flew it as much as possible. He taxied it down our country roads in the 1970s and actually took off from one of his farm fields. Flying his J-3 Cub was one of his greatest joys.
Ed grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952. After graduation Ed went to work for Braniff Airways from 1952-55. In the late 1950s Ed worked for the “Village” of Bloomington as a surveyor. In 1956 Ed purchased his beloved farm in Eureka Center.
Ed moved his growing family to the farm in Eureka Center in 1958, where Debbie and Gene were born, before moving to a new home in Burnsville in 1961. Ed worked as lead foreman for Reiger Roadways in Savage throughout the 1960s. In 1970 Ed moved his family back to the farm permanently. Ed commuted to New Brighton, Minn., and worked as Vice President for Dunkley Surfacing for a time before deciding to become a farmer. Ed and his family farmed the land and milked 30+ cows from 1971 to 1973. In the mid-1970s Barb and Ed ran Broom’s Decorative Accessories on Main Street in St. Croix Falls. After retiring from farming life Ed auctioned off the equipment and livestock, and returned to work at Reiger Roadways. When Reiger’s went out of business Ed purchased several pieces of equipment from them and began Broom Construction Company, which operated from 1977 through 1987, and employed both of his sons. When Broom Construction Company closed its doors, new doors opened at Croix Marketing in St. Croix Falls, where Ed and Barb worked as a team selling and repairing Rainbow Vacuums. Croix Marketing closed its office in St. Croix in the early 1990s; however, Ed continued to repair Rainbows from the farm until 2019.
Ed had the gift of gab. He could talk for hours on end... and then talk some more... He enjoyed spending holidays at the farm with his family, he was an avid Almelund Threshing Show attendee, he loved tractors, airplanes, and collector cars, he is a member in good standing (since 1964) of the Experimental Aircraft Association #20866, and continues to hold his Academy of Model Aeronautics Membership #12708. Ed enjoyed planting flowers and vegetable gardens and was an avid woodworker who spent countless hours out in his shop.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents John and Mabel Broom, and his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Jean, who passed away in 2007.
Ed is survived by his children Dale (Kathy), Suzie (Jeff), Debbie, and Gene; brother George (Cherie) Broom and sister Evelyn (Del) Tyler; grandchildren Sara (Chris), Jessica (Rick), Tracy, Michael, Madeline, Wyatt, Julie and Cory; great-grandchildren Brandon, Brenna, Cole, Noah, Eli, Zoey, and Anthony; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A visitation was held at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola with interment in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, St. Croix Falls.
Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com.