Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

February 22, 2014

William Broom Jr. remembered as businessman, community leader, father

EFFINGHAM — A giant in the Effingham business community passed away Friday.

William L. Broom Jr., known to friends as Bill, was involved for more than 30 years in the family furniture business founded by grandfather W.S. Broom until embarking on a long and fruitful retirement journey in 1990. Broom died Friday morning at Evergreen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 15 days shy of his 89th birthday.

Relatives and friends remember a joyful fellow who was also straightforward in his dealings with other people.

"He liked to joke around a lot," said daughter Nancy Liss. "He was a pretty jovial guy."

But Broom was also the kind of guy who honored his commitments, starting when he had to skip his Effingham High School graduation ceremony in 1943 to answer Uncle Sam's call during World War II. Young Bill served in the U.S. Army from May 1943 to January 1946, helping to liberate France with his work on the Red Ball Highway.

"He was always proud of his military service," Liss said.

Not long after he got back from Europe, Broom married Virginia Wakefield. The couple were married 54 1/2 years before Virginia passed away in 2001.

Like many men of his generation, Broom attended college on the GI Bill. In his case, it was the University of Illinois, from where he graduated in 1949 with a marketing degree.

Liss said her father flirted with a career outside the furniture business. But his dad, William Sr., died in 1958, leaving Bill and his younger brother, Jim, to run the store with their mother, Winifred.

Along the way, Broom was active in a number of veteran and civic organizations. He was past commander of the Effingham American Legion post and also a member of VFW Post 1769, past president of the Kiwanis Club, former chairman of the Effingham Water Authority, a 50-year member of the Effingham Masonic Lodge and a member of Ainad Shrine Temple.

Text Only
Local News
  • Easements still sought for project After an approval for work on a 21-mile water transmission line between Teutopolis and Newton at a meeting earlier this month, progress continued to trickle in at Wednesday night's Teutopolis Village Board meeting. The Village Board heard from Connor

    April 17, 2014

  • 2 in court on meth charges Jackson Adams Daily News Two individuals arrested on methamphetamine charges in Shumway appeared in Effingham County Circuit Court Tuesday. Tara L. Devoe, 18, of Shumway and Nathaniel S. Sparks, 23, of Beecher City both appeared with counsel before a

    April 16, 2014

  • Effingham eager to attract Pinnacle TONY HUFFMAN Daily News Pinnacle Foods is considering an expansion its operation into the former Fedders building. The project will bring up to 25 full-time jobs to the area. The City of Effingham is looking to make that expansion more appetizing wit

    April 16, 2014

  • Dieterich school meals to cost more Jackson Adams Daily News DIETERICH -- Parents can expect to see some higher costs at Dieterich schools in the next school year. Dieterich Superintendent Carrie Jackson said one of the more notable changes in fees will be noticeable in school breakfas

    April 16, 2014

  • Cathy-beach closed.jpg Beach conditions worry EWA

    Effingham Water Authority is putting the operator of Lake Sara beach on notice after health code violations have kept the beach closed for the past couple of years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Soybeans favored over corn

    The United States Department of Agriculture is projecting that farmers nationwide will plant more acres of soybeans this year than ever before.

    April 15, 2014

  • Water service to be interrupted for some Effingham residents Tuesday

    Water service will be interrupted along the following streets, starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to repair and replace water main valves.

    April 14, 2014

  • Grant to make Dieterich sidewalks more accessible

    A Dieterich pedestrian accessibility project will receive $800,000 as part of transportation grants being given throughout the state.

    April 13, 2014

  • Farming accident claims life

    A Mulberry Grove man was killed instantly Saturday when a tractor he was driving flipped over on him while working on his property.

    April 13, 2014

  • Hodge.jpg Drug enforcement focus of new ISP commander

    Illinois State Police  Zone 7 Investigations Interim Commander Kelly Hodge will now head two districts as commander of Effingham-based District 12 and Carmi-based 19.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.