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In Memory of

Donald Hamley Brodersen

May 4, 1922 - March 24, 2015

Obituary


Donald Hamley Brodersen was born May 4, 1922 in Denison, Iowa to parents John Brodersen and Maureen Hamley. He was the eldest of six children: Donald, Marilyn, Mary Lou, Jack, Chuck and Margie. When he was a teenager his family moved to Glendale, CA where he graduated from Hoover High School. He was commissioned as a Navy pilot during World War II and flew patrol planes in the Pacific Theater. After the war he attended Purdue University and received a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was married to Ruth Etzel in February 1950. His...

Donald Hamley Brodersen was born May 4, 1922 in Denison, Iowa to parents John Brodersen and Maureen Hamley. He was the eldest of six children: Donald, Marilyn, Mary Lou, Jack, Chuck and Margie. When he was a teenager his family moved to Glendale, CA where he graduated from Hoover High School. He was commissioned as a Navy pilot during World War II and flew patrol planes in the Pacific Theater. After the war he attended Purdue University and received a B.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He was married to Ruth Etzel in February 1950. His daughter Beth was born in November 1950 and his daughter Diane was born in June 1955. He was recalled for Navy service during the Korean War. Afterwards he remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1967 with over 22 years of service. In 1956 he started work as a wind tunnel test engineer for Douglas Aircraft (later, McDonnell Douglas) in Long Beach, CA. He remained there until he retired in 1987. He was an avid golfer and an enthusiastic fan of college and pro football. In 2004 he moved to Colorado Springs, CO to be near his two daughters. He married Betty Burton in Wichita, KS in April 2010. He is survived by his wife Betty, his sister Marilyn and his two daughters. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the charity or organization of your choice.