Bromen remembered as a true gentleman

MARSHALL – You don’t often hear the word “gentleman” used to describe someone these days, but friends who knew Howard Bromen think that word fits him perfectly.

Bromen, a longtime Marshall businessman, died Monday at his home at the age of 92.

He was the owner of Bromen Office Supply, which was a fixture on West Main Street for years.

“He had a nice business,” said Wayne Taintor, a retired Marshall physician. “I enjoyed getting supplies there.”

Bromen bought Baldwin’s Office Supply in 1969 and operated Bromen Office Supply until his retirement.

The Minneota native served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945. He also served the community of Marshall through civic organizations such as Rotary, Knights of Columbus and Jaycees.

“He was always concerned about the growth of Marshall,” said Bob Aufenthie, a fellow Rotarian.

Aufenthie said he knew Bromen “very well” and had a high opinion of him.

“He was a decent man and a real gentleman,” he said.

Taintor remembers going fishing with Bromen, “years and years ago.”

Taintor said Bromen was a “fine gentleman. I had a great deal of respect for him.”

“I knew him well,” said Warren Quarnstrom, a longtime Marshall lawyer. “He was a good friend.”

Quarnstrom and Bromen were longtime members of the Marshall Noon Rotary Club.

“He was a real gentleman,” he said. “He didn’t have any enemies.”

Services for Bromen are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, sons, Bruce and Brian, and daughter, Susan.