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 www.meierhoffer.com.