Robert James Broskoff, 73

Published 7:36 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

Robert James Broskoff, 73, passed on Sept. 2, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus in Rochester, Minnesota, after battling leukemia; he was surrounded by his loving family.

Robert James Broskoff, 73

Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, he was the son of Christ and Lois Broskoff. He attended Albert Lea High School, graduating in the Class of 1964. Bob and Sherry shared 53 years of marriage together. As a young man, Bob began working for Universal Milkers as a welder, Wilson/ Farmsted on the loading dock, then left to start Broskoff Brenegan Painting. He owned a successful painting business for over 37 years and never stopped working.

He was known in the community as a man of his word, strong-willed, no-anon-sense, and a motivated entrepreneur. Bob was a great mentor, fearless leader, and rugged outdoorsmen who shared his passion for fishing and hunting.

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Surviving members of Bob’s family include his wife, Sherry; two daughters, Shelley (Ron) Groves, and Shawn Teasley; two grandchildren, Michael and Christian Groves; two sisters, Ruth (Jack) Beighley, and Jeanne (Charles) Huff; brother, Christopher “Frank” (Lanh) Broskoff; brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Trudy Rogert, Cindy and Mike Everson, and Vannie and Chuck Rugroden; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law; and sister and brother in-law, Helen (Paul) Espe.

One of Bob’s bucket list items was driving from Minnesota to Alaska visiting the Yukon Territory. Bob and Sherry hit the road in the summer of 2016 and drove 12,300 miles exploring as much ground as possible over 30 days, fulfilling this dream. Bob enjoyed visiting national parks, cheering at sporting events for his grandsons, spending time at the family farm in Twin Lakes, and playing a competitive game of craps while wintering each year in Bullhead City, Arizona.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Sept. 7, 2019, at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m., and memorial service at 10 a.m. We invite friends and family to join us to remember Bob and celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ( or American Diabetes Association (

A huge thank-you to our medical teams at the Mayo Clinic and Methodist Hospital. Online condolences can be left at