Jim Brokenshire

[24 SEP 1932 - G2 - 20499 - 16 AUG 2010]

Jim Brokenshire Eulogies

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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Heyer x55 - Stan Johnson - Lichtenberg - Olvey - Crancer
Ginter - Brokenshire - Horst [G-2: 50th Reunion]



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Sitting: Shirley and Jim Brokenshire - Lynn and Bob Lang - Standing: Jerry Crancer - Ed and Pam Trobaugh - Dorothy Crancer - Ruth Horst - Carl McNair - Tom Horst - Kathleen Olvey [50th Reunion]



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Shirley and Jim Brokenshire - Marlowe
Viney [50th Reunion]



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Jim Brokenshire
[1991]



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Jim and Shirley Brokenshire
[1987]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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G-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Weden - Patterson - Wood - Martling (CO) - Stan Johnson - 2nd Row: Brokenshire - Wildermuth - Jackson - Dick Hawkins - Sheldon - 3rd Row: Hollensbe - Horst - Lichtenberg - Rankin - 4th Row: Ginter - Bullard x55 - Crancer (Absent: Finger and Olvey)



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James Radcliffe Brokenshire, Jr.

James Radcliffe Brokenshire, Jr. was born on 24 September 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania . He was appointed to West Point from the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company G2, was manager of the cross country team for four years and manager of the track team for four years. He was a Cadet Sergeant and Company First Sergeant his first class year. He graduated on 7 June and was commissioned in the US Army in the Infantry.



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Colonel James R. Brokenshire, Jr.

September 24, 1932 - August 16, 2010
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Colonel Brokenshire was born on September 24, 1932 and passed away on Monday, August 16, 2010.

Colonel Brokenshire was a resident of Hershey, Pennsylvania at the time of his passing.

He was a graduate of Muhlenberg High School, class of 1950. Colonel Brokenshire was a United States Military Academy graduate class of 1955.

He was a US Army Retired. He had more than 24 years of active duty service at installations in the United States and overseas, including Fort Knox, KY; Fort Leavenworth, KS; Schofield Barracks, HI; Korea; Vietnam; and Santiago, Chile.

He was married to Shirley.

Funeral services will be held Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:30AM in the Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Route 422 & Lucy Avenue, Hershey. Viewing will be from 10:00AM until time of service. Interment with honors will be in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lebanon VA Hospital C/O Dept. of Hematology and Oncology, 1700 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lebanon, PA 17042.



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James R. Brokenshire Jr.

James R. Brokenshire Jr. had a different way of looking at things.

Where most people saw problems, the Lower Swatara Twp. man saw solutions.

When most people said “it can’t be done,” he said “this is how we’ll do it.”

Brokenshire, a retired Army colonel who died Aug. 16, was a man who got the job done, his friends said.

Maybe it was his 24 years of active Army duty in the United States and abroad or maybe it was his decades in municipal management in Dauphin County communities, but Brokenshire never walked away from a problem.

Brokenshire, a 1955 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, spent nearly a quarter century serving his country in Kentucky, Kansas, Hawaii, Korea, Vietnam and Chile.

He retired from the military, then launched a second career in which he worked as a municipal manager in Highspire, then Lower Swatara and Swatara townships. He also spent three years working for the state Department of Community Affairs with financially distressed municipalities.

Former Swatara Twp. Commissioner and Board President Gregory Ricci said Brokenshire brought strong fiscal skills to the township.

“When Jim came to us, we had a tremendous financial crisis,” Ricci said. “We had $300,000 worth of bills and $80,000 in cash. But when we showed him our financial situation, he said ‘that’s not a crisis, it’s a problem to be solved.’ You can’t imagine the calm he brought to the board and to the staff.”

Ricci said Brokenshire did such a good job of managing the township income and expenses “that we tightened our belts and didn’t have to increase taxes for 19 years. He put us on the right track. He was truly a godsend, a father figure in the office. He brought calm and improved morale.”

Brokenshire’s strengths were his listening skills, his sense of direction and his way of never overreacting to a situation, Ricci said.

“Jim took time to digest things,” Ricci said. “He taught me and the board to step back, investigate a situation and take one day at a time. That rubbed off on the staff, too. He was a great team player. By the time he left, we were on our way to creating responsible reserves.”

Swatara Twp. Police Chief David Bogdanovic agreed, saying Brokenshire “offered stability to the township. He was even-handed and very fair.”

Swatara Twp. Commissioner Dick Bouder characterized Brokenshire as “a great administrator, organized, low-keyed and effective. We worked well together on finalizing a project to bring water to the area off South Harrisburg Street.”

Michael J. Smith of Middletown said that Brokenshire was “first and foremost a gentleman.” Smith was a Swatara Twp. police officer when Brokenshire was township manager.

“Jim possessed a great amount of patience,” Smith said. “His life experiences allowed him the latitude to understand many different kinds of people. He always treated everyone with respect and dignity. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious smile. He was a true credit to his country, his community and his family. He was a genuine man and a class act. He will be missed.”

Although Brokenshire had been out of the military for years, he never forget it. He spent years working as an advocate for veterans and was a past president of both the Military Officers Association of America Keystone Capital Chapter and the Pennsylvania Council of Chapters Military Officers Association. He also served on the Pennsylvania War Veterans Council.

“Jim was totally dedicated to ensuring that veterans get the recognition and support they deserved,” said Col. Robert F. Broyles of Carlisle, who knew him through the Military Officers Association. “He had a great talent for motivation, for getting people enthusiastic and involved. He worked with our state council and with the Legislature.”

Broyles said the state council in September plans to approve the Col. James Brokenshire Memorial Award for young scholars. “Jim served us all with honor,” he said. “He was a good friend, a fine gentleman, and a superb soldier. His death is a loss to all veterans.”

By MARY KLAUS,
The Patriot-News
September 17, 2010


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