Former Haines resident Francis M. Bromagen, died unexpectedly Feb. 9 at his home in Union City, Ind. He was 62.
Bromagen lived in Haines in the early 1980s. He drove trucks for Valley Fuel and White Pass Alaska, served with the Haines Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the local Elks lodge.
Bromagen was born Feb. 16, 1948 to the Robert and Carrie Fogleman Bromagen. He graduated from Union City Community High School in 1966.
He served with H Troop, 17th Cavalry, Americal Division in Vietnam, 1968-1969. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
A mechanic and a truck driver in Haines, he worked as maintenance supervisor for White Pass of Alaska for several years. He worked the past 10 years as a mechanic at Aukerman’s Service in Union City before retiring in May.
According to family, he was known for his strong work ethic, his ability to fix just about anything and his willingness to help. He was steady and dependable. He loved his wife’s family as his own, and they loved him in the same way.
Survivors include Cynthia Aukerman, his wife of 36 years; sister Beverly Flatter of Union City, Ind.; mother-in-law Alberta Aukerman and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick Aukerman of Haines is uncle of Cynthia "Cindy" Aukerman, who was a volunteer at the Sheldon Museum and worked at the Haines Visitor’s Center and the Chilkat Valley News.
A funeral was held in Union City. Memorial contributions may be made to The Brethren Church Cemetery Fund, 120 E. Oak St., Union City, Ohio, 45390. Cindy Aukerman can be reached at 823 N. Columbia St., Union City, Ind., 47392.