June 1927-May 2014
EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. - No services for L. J. "Vern" Bromberg, 86, of East Dubuque, Ill., formerly of Charles City, Iowa, and Tampa, Fla., will take place at this time. A memorial service will take place later in Charles City, Iowa. The Miller Funeral Home of East Dubuque is serving the family. Miller Funeral Home, 1185 Highway 35 N, East Dubuque, IL 61025. 815-747-3194.
He died Friday, May 2, 2014, at Oak Park Place in Dubuque, Iowa.
L. J. “Vern” Bromberg
Vern was born on a farm southwest of Canby, to Herman and Jennie (Saltee) Bromberg. He attended school in Canby. He married Norma E. Vandevoorde in Marshall on Oct. 8, 1945.
Vern served in the U. S. Army Signal Corps, attending both Central and Eastern Signal Corps Schools in the 1940s. He was employed by radio station KMHL in Marshall from 1948-1951 and Radio Station KCHA, Charles City, Iowa, from 1951-1955. He purchased KCHA in 1955 and built KCHA-FM in 1971.
He anchored the "Noon News" broadcast on KCHA in Charles City, Iowa, for 30 years. Vern was known as "Freckled Freddie" on the country western show, "Cedar Valley Ranch."
Vern was active in Charles City community endeavors. He was awarded the distinguished service award by the Iowa Jaycees. He also was editor of the State Jaycee Paper, "Action." He served on a number of boards of directors including the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, also serving as president of the board. He was a member of the chamber ambassadors, and a member of the National and Iowa Broadcasting Associations.
He sold KCHA in 1986 and retired to the Tampa, Fla., area. The family returned to the Midwest in 2006.
Surviving is his wife Norma; a daughter Pamela (and Steve) Popelka of Charles City; a son Barry (and Kathy) Bromberg of Dubuque, Iowa; three grandchildren, Dirk (and Kelly) Popelka of Austin, Texas, Trevor Bromberg of Littleton, Colo., and Theresa Bromberg of Ft. Collins, Colo.; and one great-grandson Dax Popelka of Austin, Texas, and by one sister, Doris Reiners of Lakeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, the Cancer Fund and to Hospice of Dubuque.
Vern's family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque for its kind and compassionate care.