WAUCEDAH, MI – Carl Patrick McBroom, 34, of Waucedah, went suddenly to be with his Lord, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Vulcan.
He was born at the family farm in Waucedah, Michigan, August 2, 1983, the son of Kenneth and Christine (Magnuson) McBroom.
He grew up working alongside his father and brothers on the farm and graduated from Norway High School in 2002.
Carl married Susan Larsen on October 1, 2005 at Hampton Chapel, Camp Michigamme. He and Susan lived and worked on the family dairy farm.
While working on the farm after high school, Carl was a para-professional assistant at the DIISD Vocational Training Center in Kingsford. He assisted in welding, auto body, and machining until 2010 when farm duties called on him full-time so his brother could serve in the legislature. In 2017 he began teaching welding for the area’s Home School Partnership.
Carl was a certified welder and a good body-and-engine man. He restored several antique trucks and tractors and engineered many unique and amazing pieces of farm equipment. He was always hatching new ways of getting the job done with better designs. He was also always excited to help a neighbor, especially with a mechanical problem.
Carl was an excellent slalom water skier and loved snowmobiling, four wheeling, and running big equipment. He enjoyed old country music and was learning the banjo along with playing his tenor sax in the Norway City Band. He and Susan enjoyed traveling when possible and taking the kids to Wisconsin Dells. In 2013, he was excited to go on a mission trip to Mexico to build houses. He worked hard in Michigan Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer program to share his love for farming by becoming an advocate for agriculture and did so in the community and on-line.
He was generous and quick to offer help to those in need. He enjoyed his friends and being involved with sharing fun, faith, and the truth about farming. He loved his family and thrived on teasing them and showering his children with attention, instruction, and affection. His great joy was in being a father and he was so proud to have so many children. He proudly served as a second father to his brother’s five children so Ed could commit himself to public service. He dreamed of one or more of the children growing up to carry on the legacy of farming.
Carl was an active member of First Baptist Church of Norway where he attended his whole life. He took Christ as his savior at a young age, but really surrendered to Him after surviving a terrible snowmobile accident in March 2004 that broke his legs and put him in a coma for three weeks. Afterwards, he worked hard to live his faith and testify to others in speech and deed of Christ’s power to save.
Carl is survived by his wife, Susan; four daughters: Melody, 10; Britta, 6; Odelle and Orianna, 3; three sons: Carl Henry, 9; Royal, 4; Magnus, 1; and another child to be born in November. Also, his grandmother Eunice Pellegrini of Norway; his parents Ken and Chris; his brothers: Frank (Chrissy) of Grayson, Kentucky; Ken (Amy) of Cedarburg, WI; and Ed (Sarah) of Waucedah; and his sister Vicki (Aric) Curtiss of Helena, Montana; along with his aunts, Carol (Paul) Hintz, Jan Weigand, Fritzi Keller, and Kate McBroom; parents-in-law, Alan and Nancy Larsen; brothers-in-law Andy (Beth) and Peter (Alexandra) Larsen; and many dear cousins, nephews, and nieces- particularly the ones with him on the farm: Helen, Eddie, Esther, Kenny Jack, and Edith.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 13 from 4-7 p.m. CDT at Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 14 at 1 p.m. CDT at the Norway Fine Arts Center at the Norway High School.
Condolences to the family of Carl may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com
Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.