Allan Everill Broberg, 77, of Fargo, ND, died at Sanford Health on September 9, 2021.
Allan was born September 9, 1944 in Detroit Lakes, MN to Everill Frank Broberg and Iva Helen (Demmer) Broberg. He grew up on a farm near Cormorant Village, MN and attended school in Audubon, MN where he graduated in 1963. Allan served in the Army National Guard from 1965 – 1971. He was married to Christine on March 18, 1972 and had two children, Marcie Leigh and Timothy Allan. He later married Mary Elizabeth Gerdes on January 4, 1992 and they adopted two sisters, Eden Marie and Raven Elizabeth.
He drove semi-truck for Red Owl from 1970 until it went out of business. However, the people he worked with became lifelong friends and important connections in his life. God blessed Allan with new employment, driving for Fairway Foods and Lewis Trucking. His last and most beloved trucking job was hauling beets for Haugrud Farms the last 20 harvest seasons.
Allan valued his relationship with God above all else. He was raised in the First Assembly of God church in Detroit Lakes, MN then attended Free Methodist church and Nazarene church in Fargo, ND with his family. Allan returned to First Assembly of God church in Fargo where he reconfirmed his faith through Baptism and met his wife, Mary.
With an unending work ethic, Allan enjoyed raising livestock, home renovation and above all else, creative tinkering. Allan enjoyed attending Bison football, softball and basketball games, Red Hawks games, and West Fargo stock car racing. He enjoyed warm days on the lake with his family and friends relaxing on the pontoon and encouraging the kids to rope swing, wake board, water ski and kneeboard. He impressed the grandkids with his wake boarding skills. On lazier days, he focused on Sudoku, reading the paper and Facebook. Allan had a gift for staying in touch with his family, childhood neighbors, and could often be found at McDonalds drinking coffee with his former trucking buddies. He visited many of the older drivers and neighbors in the hospital as they developed medical issues and helped them prepare for meeting their maker.
Allan generously gave time and resources to fulfill God’s will, performing mission work in Nicaragua, and building homes in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. Allan and Mary also had a passion for nurturing all kinds of kids. They were foster parents through PATH and developed many beautiful relationships with special kids. Through PATH they welcomed Eden and Raven into their home. While Allan served as caretaker for the apartments they owned in Moorhead, he became known as Grampa Al to all the neighborhood children.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; four children, Marcie Gorder (Kevin), Timothy Broberg (Stephanie Zarske), Eden Broberg, and Raven Broberg; six grandchildren, Courtney Weigel (Rodney), Erin Phillips, Ethan Gorder, Dylan Ystebo, Jenna Gorder, and Everett Broberg; his first great grandchild, Lily Weigel; his siblings Liz Aamodt, Harlan Broberg (Becky), Judy Newman (Gordy), Gene Broberg (MaryAnn); and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Everill and Iva Broberg; father-in-law, Lloyd Gerdes; brother-in-law, Dean Aamodt; and nephew, Joshua Gerdes.
A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, September 15 at Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Cemetery, 12986 County Highway 15, Detroit Lakes, MN. Casual attire is recommended, Bison gear encouraged. A fellowship will follow at Allan and Mary’s home near Lake Ida, MN at 13590 115th St, Lake Park, MN.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials for the upkeep of Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Cemetery, 12986 County Highway 15, Detroit Lakes, MN.