April 9, 2014


Surrounded by his family, Dennis Lee Bromley, 74, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll from complications of COPD and emphysema.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at Lakes United Methodist Church in Lake View, Iowa, with the Rev. David Schumann officiating. Burial will be at Ferguson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Lake View.

Denny was born at home in Lake View, Iowa, on July 8, 1939, to loving parents, Verla Eaton Bromley and John Sherman "Doc" Bromley. He was the second son in a family of five children. Denny attended school in Lake View from elementary school through high school and the friendships he made there lasted throughout his lifetime. He was quarterback and captain of the football team as well as a basketball player.

It was during this time in school that Denny met and fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Gloria Seymour and they married June 9, 1962. Denny and Gloria were blessed with two daughters. Natalie was born April 11, 1965, and Sonya arrived on March 11, 1969. Denny was a most loving and attentive father and husband and cherished his family above all else. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and loved them beyond measure. Both his children and grandchildren have fond memories sitting beside him as he drove one of his beautiful old cars around the lake.

The work ethic Dennis embodied carried him from paperboy as a child to owning a barbershop in Lake View. He was also part owner of Bromley's Foodland with his brother Kenny during this time. He eventually sold his barbershop and Bromley's Foodland and started working full time for the state of Iowa, first in the Iowa Liquor Store and then for the Iowa Lottery. He worked for the state of Iowa for over 30 years and retired in July 2006. The co-workers he had throughout his careers and the people he met along his lottery route became dear friends and he enjoyed his jobs immensely.

Denny loved cars almost as much as he loved his family and spent countless years restoring classic cars and street rods. He learned how to sew upholstery fabric from his father-in-law, Wes Seymour, and Denny turned part of his garage into a shop where he could reupholster the seats for the cars he restored. He also refurbished many pedal cars back to their former glory. As an avid car enthusiast, Denny participated in several car show events with whatever car he owned at the time and won many awards. He enjoyed being a member of the Iowa Street Rod Association, and one of his favorite events of the year was the Goodguys Heartland Nationals in Des Moines in which he and his family attended for over 20 years. His car buddies enriched his life.

He served in the Army and the Army Reserves and was a member of Lakes United Methodist Church. His sense of humor and his generous, humble nature were appreciated by all who knew and loved him.

Denny is survived by his wife, Gloria (Seymour) Bromley of Lake View, Iowa; daughters: Natalie (Bromley) Kruse and husband James of Marshfield, Wis.; and Sonya (Bromley) Goodrich and husband Greg of Johnston, Iowa; grandchildren: Elizabeth Kruse of Middleton, Wis.; Meridith Kruse, of Sun Prairie, Wis.; Jacob Kruse, of Marshfield, Wis.; Michael Kruse of Marshfield, Wis.; and Piper Goodrich of Johnston, Iowa; his brothers: Kenneth Bromley and wife Judy of Lake View, Iowa; and Jeff Bromley and wife Connie of Peterson, Iowa; sister, Marsha (Bromley) Dowdell and husband Larry of Triadelphia, W.Va.; and many relatives and friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; brother Greg Bromley; brothers-in-law Jerry Clark and Lon Seymour; mother- and father-in-law, Marjorie and Wesley Seymour.