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Michael "Mike" Broderick

November 20, 1955 — January 22, 2017

Mike Broderick, 61 of Chappell Nebraska, was called home on January 22, 2017. He passed peacefully at home with family by his side after a strong short battle with cancer. He may have lost the battle, but rest assured, he’s up in heaven with other war guru’s discussing war tactics and strategies.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Berea Lutheran Church north of Chappell with Reverend Kathy Montira officiating. Burial will follow in the Berea Cemetery with the Junkyard Dogs present.

Visitation will be held Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Holechek Funeral Home in Chappell.

Memorials can be made to the family for later designation.

Holechek Funeral Home and Cremations in Chappell is serving the Broderick family.

On November 20, 1955, dad was born to Linda (Lockhart) Johnson in Denver, Co. When dad was five, grandma Linda married our grandpa, Daniel Broderick who then adopted dad shortly thereafter. To this marriage, seven other children were born.

As a teenager, dad would come back to Chappell from Denver to help with harvest and summer farming on his grandma and grandpa Lockhart’s farm south of Chappell. One night, in October of 1976, mom had just got done line judging for a volleyball game and decided to go cruising. That’s when she saw him walking down the sidewalk and decided to pull over and asked if he would like to go get coffee – the rest was history. On December 22, 1978, they said “I do” at Berea Lutheran Church and to this marriage, four tax deductions were born.

Dad had many trades and hobbies he was known and appreciated for. One of his favorite groups of people were the Junkyard Dogs. He loved to ride and even more, the charities he rode for and the people he rode with, including mom. He and mom loved to take trips on the bike up to South Dakota and down through Colorado.
One of his other loves was music. He was always happiest with a pair of drumsticks in his hands. Whether jamming out in concert with the Mooncats at Admiral’s Cove or giving lessons at Aliens and Strangers, he loved sharing his love for music.

His biggest love, by far, was his family. He loved playing backyard catch not only with us kids all those years ago, but with us and his grandkids up until just this past summer. He always took pride in helping coach when he got the chance, and when he wasn’t coaching, he was in the stands letting the refs know what he thought of him. His bark was undeniable. He was always so proud of us.

He taught us to value people, not things. To work hard. To not expect a hand out. To do it right the first time or do it again and to always respect other people. Here are some of the things we will miss the most:
His Blazing Saddles and Monty Python references
His love for grilling and family gatherings
His story telling
Our Book-It trips in the semi to Pizza Hut in Sidney (Thin and crispy with hamburger, onions, black olives and mushrooms was his thing)
Listening to him play drums… just to name a few.
But there’s also some things we won’t miss:
The belt
Cleaning the cattle rack trailer with nothing but a one inch garden hose
Standing in the corner. Yes - even as a junior in high school
The sound of the jake brake coming down the hill when your room has not been cleaned
“Plant it!”

He is survived by his wife Cindy (Johnson) Broderick, children Amanda (Darrell) Sharman of Sunol, Ne, Travis (Allie) Broderick of Chappell, Derek (Haley) Broderick of Chappell, Dani (Ben) Carpenter of Salida Co. Grandchildren Trace, Dawson, Cameron Karsyn, Kendra, Kimber, Konrad, Charlie, Piper, Jordan, Layne, Jake, Grady and Westley. He is also survived by his mother Linda Broderick of Aurora, Co, siblings Jeff (Soccoro) Broderick of Ramona Ca, Jennifer (Jeff) Krueger of Carbon Dale, Co, Alicia (Hans) Schmidt of Leiferede Germany, Mark (Rebecca) Broderick of Aurora, Co, Greg (Kimi) Broderick of Aurora, Co, Chris (Stephanie) Broderick of Lake Balboa Ca, and Jason Broderick of Aurora, Co. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Twila Johnson of Chappell and sisters-in-law Cheryl (Lonnie) Eckstrom of Palmer Ne, Brenda (Kevin) Derry of Chappell and Barb (Rick) Mickelson of Julesburg, Co. He also has numerous aunts and uncles and a s***load of nieces and nephews.

Dad was preceded in death by his dad, Daniel Broderick, and his father-in-law Milt Johnson.

Dad will be missed by many friends and all of his family near and far. He would definitely want us to thank you all for the memories and laughs…

Our dad was one of a kind, we are eternally grateful for the man and father he was. Thank you for always being there for us and staying true to yourself. Hope the beer, cigarettes, and coffee up in heaven is divine.

All our love,
Your tax deducitons, Amanda, Travis, Derek and Dani Jo

And as he would say –
Toodle-ooh!... Au revoir!... Auf Verdisen!... Ciao!... Cheng dahn dai!
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