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Arnold “Smoke” Brogden

Posted August 28, 2014 in Boone, Obituaries

January 4, 1928 – August 25, 2014

Smoke Brogden

Smoke Brogden

Arnold “Smoke” Brogden, age 86, of 1522 Greene Street, died August 25, 2014, at the Boone County Hospital.

Following his wishes, his body has been cremated and a Memorial service will be Saturday, August 30, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Schroeder Memorial Chapel at Sixth and Marshall Streets. Burial will be in the Linwood Park Cemetery with military graveside honors conducted by the Boone Veterans Council.

Friends may call at the funeral chapel on Saturday from 8 a.m. to the service time of 10 a.m. The family will be present after 9 a.m.

Arnold Thomas Brogden was born in Boone on January 4, 1928, the son of Earl and Marie (Andersen) Brogden.

Smoke graduated from Boone High School in 1946 and attended the Boone Junior College.

He served with the United States Army during World War II.

On August 17, 1952, he married Dorothy Gay in Boone at the Presbyterian Church. Smoke and Dorothy were married for 61 years before she passed away in 2013.

From 1951 to 1984, Smoke was employed by the City of Boone as a Professional Firefighter. He served as assistant fire chief during his last years of employment, retiring in 1984.

Smoke was a member of the Iowa Firefighters Association, V.F.W. Post #817, American Legion #56, Boone Veterans Council, Mirza Lodge #609 in Pilot Mound, and the Fez B Club of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine Club.

He enjoyed woodworking and carving and in earlier days, he enjoyed snowmobiling.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, two grandsons Brent Larwick and Tracy Brogden, two brothers Guy and Clarence Brogden, and a sister Mary Brogden.

Smoke is survived by a son Kim (Katherine) Brogden of Coralville; daughter Jane (Loran) Larwick of Brush Prairie, Washington; son Dan (Cyndi) Brogden of Boone; seven grandchildren: Nicole Brogden (Ken Clinkenbeard), Shawn (Ashley) Brogden, Lance (Allison) Larwick, Travis (Amy) Brogden, Lee (Jynette) Brogden, Christy (Jason) Smith, and Ronald J. (Sarah) Vodenik; 12 great grandchildren; a brother Paul Brogden of Riverside, California; a sister Marge Wise of Riverside, California; and nieces and nephews.

In memory of Arnold, memorials may be directed to the family.

Information provided by:
Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Inc.
1006 6th Street
Boone, IA 50036

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