Service measured not by GOLD,
but by the GOLDEN RULE
David Robert Broehl died October 19, 2020, at the Wooster Community Hospital, where he was in his 4th week of treatment for Covid-19.
He was born September 4, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Wayne G. Broehl, Jr., and Jean Kirby Broehl. He grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire, where his father taught at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. The intellectual richness of an Ivy League community was sometimes overshadowed by unkind superiority toward those whose parents were not associated with Dartmouth, thus beginning a young boy’s lifetime of standing up for others. He tolerated no bullies and befriended everyone else. His choice of the College of Wooster in 1965 was a conscious decision to move toward the heartland.
At the College, he made treasured life-long friends and met his wife, Margo, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage. Described as a “professional good guy”, he spent his entire career in social service advocating on behalf of marginalized communities – abused and at-risk children, the developmentally disabled, the elderly, the homeless – and for the overall betterment of the broader Wooster community.
His greatest joy was in community service in his beloved Wooster. He was a tireless volunteer, starting with the Jaycees, to coaching youth soccer and the inaugural girls Wooster High School soccer team, to serving on boards of directors - and his great love became the Wayne County Historical Society where he devoted much time, energy and enthusiasm. He loved to work in groups to achieve consensus and was currently championing projects including the Charles Follis Trail, work on behalf of the NAACP and the Medway Levy Committee. His goal was always to help others succeed and to make his corner of the world a better place. He was invariably kind, fair and honest, and a ferociously loyal friend.
As a star athlete, he was on state high school championship teams in soccer, hockey, and baseball. His golf game – and slice – were legendary. He loved sports and competing in games, notably Scrabble, bridge and cribbage, and only his cheerful modesty prevented opponents from being too annoyed to play him again – although there was a fairly wide intra-family boycott of Scrabble due to his surgical use of the “q” on a triple word score. When his athlete’s knees began to limit participation in team sports, he developed an interest in art and antiques, which he pursued with the same avidity he had applied to tennis, skiing and soccer, resulting in a home filled with beauty and an enthusiasm for sharing his latest collecting passion with anyone who would listen.
He was predeceased by his parents, younger brother Michael, and son Daniel Wayne. He is survived by his wife, Margo, son Nathan Broehl, daughter Julia Hesse (Randy), daughter-in-law Liz Broehl and grandchildren Jacob Hesse, Madeline Hesse, Logan Broehl, Lillian Broehl and Dylan Broehl, his brother James Broehl, nieces and nephews, beloved cousins and countless mentees and friends. He adored his sister-in-law Shelley Hancock (Dexter) and the extended Hancock family.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no services at this time although we are hoping for a memorial service when we can gather safely. David deemed the power of interpersonal communication to be the most important tool of empathetic understanding and problem solving and would have been appalled by a Zoom funeral.
The family thanks Dr. Dana Bonezzi and Elaine Russell and the staff at Wooster Community Hospital for their valiant struggles to save his life from Covid-19. This virus is horrible; so virulent and so deadly. The family requests that everyone remain vigilant to keep themselves – and those around them – safe. If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please direct it to the Broehl Family Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation, 517 N. Market St., Wooster, Ohio 44691.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
No Calling hours
Memorial service at a later date