Charles “Orman” Brooner

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Charles “Orman” Brooner



Charles “Orman” Brooner, 78, St. Joseph, Missouri passed peacefully Saturday, May 25, 2013 at home surrounded by family.

Orman was born June 29, 1934, to Charles Brooner and Inez (Moore) Brooner in McClouth, Kansas.

On June 20, 1953 Orman married Colleen Froyd in Bedison, MO, who survives of the home.  Orman met his loving wife while at a church camp at Camp Farwesta, Stewartsville, MO.  They lived for 56 years in the house he built and made a home to raise four children.

Orman was a member of the Community of Christ Church, a 1951 graduate of Benton High School, and a 1953 graduate of Graceland University.  By trade, Orman was a carpenter and in 1961 started his own company with David Herbert.  The business expanded when Rod Thomas joined the company.  Today the company continues as Brooner Construction & Crane.  Orman directed his company for 52 years before his recent decline in health due to pulmonary fibrosis.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping were his favorite pastimes when not working or serving in church activities.  As a member of the Community of Christ, he was most recently an ordained minister in the office of evangelist.  Greatest of all was his desire to assist others and serve his fellow beings.  Orman was beloved by his family and friends and well respected by associates in the construction industry.

Orman has served as president of the Building Industries Association and in leadership roles with St. Joseph Planning and Zoning, Health and Safety Council, Graceland University Board of Trustees, Peace Unlimited, Camp Farwesta, and various positions with the Community of Christ Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard Brooner.

Survivors: sisters, Allie Tolbert, Jean Garreth, and Carolyn Hedrick; brother, William Brooner; children, Kirby Brooner, Terri Hamann, Kent Brooner, and Janelle Brooner; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services:  1:00 P.M. Saturday, Abundant Life Center, Community of Christ.  The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 3:00 P.M. Wednesday.  The family requests contributions be made to Camp Farwesta, 5124 Faraon St. Joseph, Missouri 64506.   Online guest book and obituary at

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Messages of Condolence

  1. Fred Burczyk--Louisville, KY says:

    He was a great man who I always respected and will long remember.

  2. Don & Korine Miller says:

    To the Kent Brooner and Terri Hammon families – our condolences to each of you at the loss of your father/grandfather.

  3. Annette Dean says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of such a wonderful father, husband, grandfather I heard so many wonderful stories from Janelle I know he left a wonderful legacy of love, hard work and dedication to family…Just know that his memories will live on in generations to come.
    Praying for the family
    God Bless.

  4. Natalie Van Meter says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about our loss. He was such a charismatic guy. My grandparents and family were great friends with the Brooner family, and he was a great support to all of us (from marrying my parents to consoling us when we lost my grandpa). What a neat guy who will be missed. Your family is in my prayers.

  5. Gail VanSickle Lyman says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Where have the years gone. I was just talking about your family to my cousin in California and how we are related. I have been working on our ancestry for a few years with her. I called my mom, Carol Bootman Vail, and told her about Orman this morning. I will be praying for comfort for your family, your cousin, Gail VanSickle Lyman.

  6. Sheri Roach says:

    So sorry for your loss, Sheri Roach, Missouri Veterans Home-Cameron

  7. Gerald & Elaine Sooter says:

    There is no finer man than Orman Brooner. He was a great friend to the community, his church and to our family. He left a great legacy for his family and a true example of how life should be lived.
    Our prayerful support is extended to all of his family.

  8. Susan & Steve Calloway says:

    Orman was an inspiration and the definition of integrity. His devotion and service to his family, community and church epitomized a Christian life lived to the fullest. He will be greatly missed.

    Susan & Steve Calloway
    Austin, TX

  9. Heidi Epps says:

    I remember coming home to stay with Janelle one weekend from Graceland. Meeting Orman was intimdating and comforting at the same time. He loved his family and welcomed their friends. And once he smiled at you- you knew he liked ya. Janelle – remember the case of the giggles in AZ and how stoic your Dad tried to be. :>)

  10. Charlene Waller says:

    Dear Colleen, Kirby(Becky), Kent(Deb).
    Terri(John)and Janelle,
    When the Lord calls our loved ones home,
    He leaves a gift of memories in exchange
    and our family has many great memories of sharing with your family. You each are in my prayers.
    Love to Each of You!
    Charlene Waller

  11. Ron and Pat Auxier says:

    Orman was always a wonderful Christian man in my construction industry. It was a pleasure to work with Orman. God Bless you all, our prayers are with you.

  12. Tara (Van Meter), Jason, and Collin Danner says:

    Colleen and family,

    Orman was such a wonderful man- one in a billion. We have so many great memories of him and long lists of stories of the times you all spent with our Papa D, Grandma Charlene, and family. You all have such a wonderful family and we feel so lucky to have you in our family’s life. So glad we were able to visit with you all in November in Mesa. Orman will be incredibly missed.

    You are all in our prayers.

    Tara (Van Meter), Jason, and Collin Danner

  13. Debra and Mark Van Meter says:

    Colleen,Kirby(Becky),Terri(John),Kent(Deb) and Janelle,

    Orman will be missed. I sure have some great memories growing up with your family. I also smile thinking about all of the fun stories I was told about Orman, Ivan,Glen and D.Orman was a great Christian man and wonderful husband,father and grandfather. We send our love,prayers and support.
    Mark & Debra(Waller)Van Meter
    Indianapolis, Indiana

  14. Mark Kalin says:

    Brooner family,
    So sorry to hear Orman pasted. Lots of good memories of him and your family growing up. He’ll will be missed.

    Kirby & Kent,

    Out of town on a job this week may or may not make it back for services – just have to see how we progress – if not lets make a point to get together over a place of food.

    Best wishes – Kathy and I will be thinking of all or you in our prayers.

  15. Jack Hontz says:

    Brooner Family I cant begin to tell you how much Ormans friendship meant to me. I have worked with many craftsman thru out the years and he was at the top. Never let me down. 1993 was a challenge for he and I and we always talked about it. He will always be with us some how some way never a quitter. I will miss him. Sincerely Jack Hontz

  16. Irene Alexander says:

    Dear Brooner family, I am sorry for your loss. I know how much he will be missed. May God strengthen and bless you at this time of sorrow. He was a good man.

  17. Norman and Darleen Swails says:

    Coleen, Janelle and family:

    The world is a better place because of Orman Brooner. His character, devotion and ministry reached many people in many places. It was a privilege to serve with him on the Graceland Board.

  18. James Wilson says:

    What an upstanding fellow. I always enjoyed doing busiess with him. A good Christian man of high moral standards.We will sure miss him out here at Red X. Prayers for you Colleen and family.

  19. Edward Schaber says:

    I would like to offer my sympathy to Orman’s wife and family. We were friends in elementary school and high school and always appreciated his friendship. We saw Orman and his wife when they made a trip to Arizona and enjoyed our visit. I will miss not being able to visit with him again.

    Ed and Kaylene Schaber

  20. Edward Schaber says:

    I would like to offer my sympathy to Orman’s wife and family. We were friends in elementary school and high school and always appreciated his friendship.

  21. Mike Vickie Troy & Brian says:

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Orman. He will be missed.

  22. Gary Silvey says:

    On behalf of the delegates of the St. Joseph Building & Construction Trades Council our thoughts & prayers go out to the family and friends of Orman Brooner.

    Gary Silvey, President SJBT

  23. Paul & Janet Teeter says:

    Dear Janelle,
    We didn’t know your Dad, but we know you and your sweet nature. If he was anything like you he must have been a great guy. We also know well how it hurts to loose a family member. We regret your loss and pray God’s gracious love will help heal the wounds left in the hearts of all who loved him.

    Our love,
    Janet & Paul

  24. Eva and Sam Dunlap says:

    Dear Colleen, Kirby and Becky,Terri and John, Kent and Deb,and Janelle.I thought so much of your Dad. He was always one of my most favorite people at Penn Street. He would smile, hold out his arms and say”come here kid!”He was a very caring,hardworking man and loved our Lord.Sam and I will miss him.I have known him for 51 years and even being 65 yrs old now , he still called me a kid. May you find peace and comfort in your wonderful memories of that special man-your Father Love Eva and Sam and families

  25. Gloria Mason Martin says:

    There are many memories shared by the Mason and the Brooner families. I remember, fondly, all the youth activities at your home, at church and at camp. Certainly, if the door at church was open, we all were there. A wonderful way to grow up, wasn’t it? Much love and prayers to you as we persevere and carry on the legacy. Orman was indeed one of the stalwarts.

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