Donald L. Bromley passed away on Monday, June 17
surrounded by his family. Don was born in Dodge Center,
Minnesota on July 23, 1925, to Vernon and Hannah Bromley.
In 1942, at age 17, Don volunteered and proudly served his
country as a merchant marine. During his service Don saw the
world, including multiple crossings of the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans. He survived two days in a life raft on the Caribbean
Ocean after his ship was torpedoed and sunk.
Following his discharge in 1945 Don worked for the Great
Northern in Whitefish, specializing in telegraphy. In 1951 Don
was drafted into the army to serve during the Korean War; he
was stationed in Germany as a telegraph operator. After the
Korean War Don returned to Montana and became the railroad
agent in Belton (West Glacier).
Don married Jean Rudick in 1954. They were married for 65 years and raised daughters Judy, Patti, and
Bonnie at their home in West Glacier. Don retired in 1989 after working 47 years with the Great Northern
then Burlington Northern Railroads. He was a founding member and volunteer fireman for the Coram/
West Glacier Fire Department.
Don was a passionate fly fisherman and enjoyed many camping trips with his wife and family. He loved
playing pinochle and taking walks. Don liked sharing his love of books and we all appreciated his ability
to entertain everyone with his stories. Don was committed to the importance of education and was a great
influence to his children and grand children. He was so proud of the success of each of them. Don is
remembered most of all for the pleasure he got from teasing , his sense of humor, and his strong political
beliefs. He deeply loved his wife, daughters, son-in-laws (Gordy Beck and Mike Streeter), seven grand
children, seven great grand children and one great-great grand child.
At Don’s request no funeral services will be held.
In leu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the local humane society or animal shelter.