Thomas E. Brosamle

SIOUX CITY -- Thomas E. "Tom" Brosamle, 69, of Sioux City passed away suddenly and unexpectedly Friday, July 2, 2010, at his residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple, Eighth and Nebraska streets, with Deacon Patricia Roberts of Calvary Episcopal Church, Shrine Chaplain Neal Peck and John Daniels of Morningside Presbyterian Church officiating. Per Tom's wishes, cremation will follow the services. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. and a Masonic service at 7 p.m., at Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel, 6200 Morningside Ave.

Tom was born to Lester and Dorothy (Wilcox) Brosamle, on June 9, 1941, in Sioux City. He graduated from East High School and attended Morningside College. He married Jeanette Bryne, and to this union, his son Jeffrey was born.

On June 27, 1964, Tom married the love of his life, Sheryl Warfield, who became his soulmate, mother to their two beautiful daughters, and business partner. They celebrated 46 years together just five days prior to his untimely death.

Tom loved life and meeting new challenges. His early sales careers in the fields of electronics, encyclopedias and used cars prepared him for many later interests. During those years, he was a member of the Sioux City Air National Guard. Subsequent jobs with Conservative Mortgage Co. and Penn Life Insurance Co. expanded his sales expertise. He then took a different path for several years, getting his hands dirty, being self-employed as a Conoco service station operator and as a mechanic with Bud Jones at the Marina Inn boat docks.

In 1973, opportunity knocked, and Tom joined into a three-way partnership with his parents in the purchase of Bush Cleaners. This move incorporated his family's Morningside Service Laundry, and Tom assumed sole ownership in 1978. He expanded with several secondary locations until selling the business in 1986.

At that time, Tom and Sheryl purchased their joint venture location on Highway 75 for her growing antiques shop and his new parking lot painting business. He proudly counted, as his, the design and initial layout of many large area projects, including the Lewis & Clark stadium, Gateway's many expansions, Sam's Club, and the city's riverfront developments. He sold that enterprise after 18 years of putting down yellow stripes.

In addition to working hard, Tom loved to play hard. If it looked fun, and especially if it had a motor in it, he did it -- cars, motorcycles, boats, airplanes, and race cars -- and he always took Sheryl along for the ride. And there was the golf, trapshooting and ham radio also.

Though busy with his many activities, Tom always found time to give of himself too. He chaired nine years of amateur radio conventions that drew attendance from a dozen states, helped fellow hams erect many antenna towers, volunteered with Awesome Biker Nights, flew countless missions taking kids to the Shrine hospitals, and worked the Shrine circuses. He was currently a member of Morningside Lodge 615, the Harley Owners Group, board member of the 3900 Club & Siouxland Amateur Radio Assn. clubs, captain of the Abu Bekr Cycle Escorts and president of the Friends of Latham Park.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Sheryl; their daughters, Jill Swanson of Sioux City and Joey Skains of Dallas Texas; his son, Jeff (Karen) Sanford of Harrisburg Pa.; eight grandchildren; his sister, Nancy (Roger) Morris of Madison Wis.; two nephews and a niece; his cousin, Bruce (Jane) Elliot of Hinton, Iowa; several cousins on the West Coast; and his little Bichon buddy, Hershey, who rode to work with him every day.

Welcoming him to his next, and greater home, were his parents, Les and Dorothy; grandparents, Bob and Helen Wilcox; and his best friend from racing days, Charlie Clark.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Friends of Latham Park or the Abu Bekr Shrine Transportation Fund in lieu of flowers.

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