Cleo Broaddus 1924-2014
Cleo F. Broaddus, 90, formerly of rural Meriden, died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Aldersgate Village in Topeka.
He was born January 27, 1924 on the family farm, north of Meriden, the eldest son of James Wilbur and Edith Clara Haun Broaddus. He attended the North Star grade school and was a graduate of Hoyt High School.
He and his brothers operated Broaddus Brothers Truck Line in Hoyt for many years, before he enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII. He trained as a paratrooper and was stationed in Japan. After his service to country, he worked most of his life in the trucking business, operating milk routes and then driving for Graham and Groves trucking companies. He retired from P.I.E Trucking, where he drove from terminals in Chicago, Kansas City and Albuquerque.
Cleo enjoyed fishing, raising registered livestock, Belgian horses, Brown Swiss cattle, Suffolk sheep, and Dairy goats. Several of the lambs he raised became 4-H projects in Jackson County. He was active in the Muddy Creek Baptist Church, where he served as Church Treasurer. After the church closed, he attended church wherever he lived.
He was married to Doris S. Griffin and she preceded him in death in 1979. He was married to Doris Starr and she preceded him in death. He is survived by two brothers, Glen W. Broaddus, Meriden, and Don E. Broaddus, Livingston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews and cousins.
Cleo made plans for cremation and to be inurned in the Muddy Creek Cemetery with only family present. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of the donor's choice and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 602, Oskaloosa, KS 66066.