Richard Lee Brockmann (May 13, 2022)

Richard Brockmann photoAugust 28, 1933 ~ May 13, 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
3:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Shelby, IA
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Family will greet friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
6:30 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home
Shelby, IA
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Thursday, May 19, 2022
11:00 AM
United Lutheran Church
Shelby, IA
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Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, IA

1 Daughter – Joni (Matt) Mardesen of Shelby, IA
1 Son – Steve (Cari) Brockmann of Shelby, IA
1 Brother – Dewey (Carol) Brockmann of Council Bluffs, IA
5 Grandchildren – Tyler
1 Great-granddaughter – Aurora
Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Richard Lee Brockmann, the son of Carl and Ida (Wolf) Brockmann, was born on August 28, 1933, in Harlan, Shelby County, Iowa. He attended school in Harlan and was a member of the Class of 1952. Richard worked as a painter for two years before entering the United States Army on August 17, 1954. He took Basic and Missile School at Fort Bliss, Texas, and was then stationed at a Missile Site at Fort Niagara, New York. After receiving his honorable discharge on August 16, 1956, Richard attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, and was awarded his BA in Education degree in May 1960. He began teaching in the Rembrandt (Iowa) Consolidated School System, where he taught Jr. High Math, 7-12 Shop, and Driver’s Education classes.

Richard married Karan Kay Bertram on June 16, 1961, in Ireton, Iowa, and the couple made their home in Rembrandt. While there, Richard furthered his schooling, and completed his MA degree through the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota. In 1975, Richard and Karan moved to Shelby, Iowa, where Richard became the Shelby High School principal. He enjoyed serving in this position until his retirement in 1996.

Richard was a member of United Lutheran Church in Shelby, Iowa. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #240, Shelby, Iowa. He truly loved his home and his life with Karan and their children and grandchildren. Richard spent many treasured hours with his grandchildren, often taking them fishing. He and Karan liked to play cards and tend their flower garden together.

Richard L. Brockmann died on Friday, May 13, 2022, at his home in Shelby, Iowa. He had reached the age of 88 years, 8 months, and 15 days.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karan Kay Brockmann on February 16, 2019; three sisters, Edith White, Viola Butterbaugh, and Doris Ann (in infancy); and four brothers, Robert (Bob) Brockmann, Lyle Brockmann, Lowell (Bud) Brockmann, and Ernest (in infancy). He is survived by one daughter, Joni (Matt) Mardesen of Shelby, Iowa; one son, Steve (Cari) Brockmann of Shelby, Iowa; one brother, Dewey (Carol) Brockmann of Council Bluffs, Iowa; five grandchildren, Tyler, Brady, Connor, Dakota, and Briar; one great-granddaughter, Aurora; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at United Lutheran Church in Shelby, Iowa, with Pastor Heather Ploen officiating. Nancy Armstrong served as the organist. Casket bearers were Tyler Kolker, Jason Ploen, Mark Bertram, Brady Fagen, Connor Fagen, Dale Schroeder, Kent Brockmann, and Jake Schneckloth. Burial was in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc. in Shelby, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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14 Responses to Richard Lee Brockmann (May 13, 2022)

  1. Trace Frahm says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Brockman family for the recent loss of Richard Brockman. My grandmother was, I believe, a great aunt to Richard, and although we were only an acquaintance of Richard’s, we can only wish we could have known him much more.

  2. Cameron Fearing says:

    Mr. Brockmann was a fantastic principal and will truly be missed. He helped me and so many kids at the School in Shelby. I know he is in heaven worshipping our God and watching over his family and all of us kids who went went through those doors.

    Heavenly Father, I thank you for the time we got to spend with Mr. Brockmann. I pray your comfort over the family and friends as we mourn the loss of this great man. Amen

  3. Scott Schneckloth says:

    A good man who lived a good life. I will remember him as such. Could never bring myself to call him anything but MR Brockman. Does anyone temember the paddle he used with the holes in it?

  4. Steve and Marie Livengood says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. David B Daniels says:

    Mr. Brockmann was a great man. I knew him when I was a
    math and science teacher at Shelby-Tennant in the early

  6. Doyle Engebretson says:

    My Sympathy to the Family of Mr. Brockmann

  7. Steve Mickelson says:

    May Jesus comfort you and your family during this time of sorrow! Hebrews 4:14-16. I have many fond memories of my interactions with “Mr. Brockmann” at Rembrandt Consolidated. He was as my Superintendent, junior high math teacher, and shop teacher. He instilled in me the love for mathematics and technical drafting that has served me well as an engineering educator!

  8. Dennis Anderson says:

    I will never forget the adventures when we took drivers ed with Mr. Brockmann with that 55 Chevy with the three in the tree. And in shop I learned alot from him. My prayers to the family for your loss!

  9. Julie Jensen says:

    My dear friend I will miss you so. What a talented, brilliant, caring man. You have made a difference in my life and I thank you for that. I will see you in the office. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  10. Wally Woelber says:

    Our sympathies go out to the family. Many special memories of him as a coworker at school and some summer painting.

  11. Donna Hemphill says:

    Thinking of you, Joni. Sending warm thoughts and prayers!

  12. Rick Cannoy says:

    Mr Brockmann taught me so many life skills. Math, wood shop, drivers Ed, also to work at being a good person. He was an outstanding teacher/person.

  13. Jerod Johnson says:

    I spent a lot of time being mentored by Mr. Brockmann as a youth. We continued to have a nice chat, often thru the last 30 years. He was a great man and will be missed by many.

  14. Jeff schmidt says:

    Sick was a wonderful man. I got to know him and his wife when I delivered the Nonpareil paper I Shelby. I had many wonderful conversations with them. He will be missed

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