Elmer Ray Broadbent, age 89, of Greers Ferry, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, October 11, 2006, at the Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born March 26, 1917 near Moorewood, Custer County, Oklahoma to Russell and Florence Broadbent.
He attended Oklahoma A & M Colledge in Stillwater, Oklahoma and graduated in 1940 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieuteant upon graduation ands after a our of duty enrolled as a graduate student at Iowa State on a fellowship from United States Steel. When wwar broke out in 1941 he was called into active duty and served in the Pacific for the next four years. He was a combat engineer and received the Bronze Star for his service during the invasion of Saipan and Tinian where he landed ahead of the troops to deactivate mines. After the war he went to work in the oil business for Continental Oil Company in Ponca City, Oklahoma but was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He remained on active duty until the Korean War ended and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war Elmer attended the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla, Missouri where he received a degree in Civil Engineering and taught.
Elmer met Lola Hierronymus during his college days, and they were married just prior to his entering the service in 1942. One son was born, Elmer Ray Broadbent II, 1942. After the Korfean War was over Elmer was active in the oil business as an engineeer designing, building, and operating refineries in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kuwait and Aruba. He was superintendent of Operations for Aminoil in Kuwait and closed his career as a consulting engineer with Barnard and Burke in Baton Rouge, Louisiaana. After retiring in 1982 Elmer was active as a land surveyor, real estate broker, architect, and restored several ante-bellum homes near St. Francisville, Louisana, including Forest Plantation and the oldest home in St. Francisville, the Printers Cottage. In 1988 the Broadbents moved to Cleburne County, at first to Fairfield Bay and then to a farm they purchased in Greers Ferry. Elmer was a master gardener and took great joy in helping build the new Cleburne County Fairgrounds. He purchased the Redbird Inn in 2001, and he and Lola were actively running the resort until his illness began in July of this year.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Florence Broadbent. He is survived by his wife, Lola, his son, Ray; brothers, Junior T. and Billy Broadbent; by sisters, Ruby Martin and Ruth Kendall by sister-in-law, Christine Broadbent; and by his nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Monday, October 16, 2006 in the New Hermon cemetery, and arranged by Shaw Funeral Home. The services were conducted by nephew Pastor Lesly Broadbent of Enid. Pallbearers were nephews, Leslie Kendall, Lesly Broadbent, Lynn Broadbent, Dale Hieronymus and Richard Broadbent.
Cheyenne Star, Cheyenne, OK 19-Oct-2006