Raymond C. Brosmer, 92, French Lick

Raymond C. Brosmer, 92, of French Lick, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

He was born in Orange County on January 5, 1927, to Simon E. and Myrtle (Clements) Brosmer. Raymond married Norma Koontz on June 7, 1952, and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ralph, Roy and wife Helen, Joe and Donald Brosmer; one sister, Alvenia McFarland and husband Wallace; one brother-in-law, Raymond Qualkinbush; and one granddog, Ava Marie Kemple.

Raymond graduated from the West Baden Springs High School with the Class of 1945. He served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947 with the occupation of Germany.

After returning from the war, Raymond attended the Kentucky School of Embalming where he graduated with an embalmer’s and funeral director’s license with the Class of 1951. He then returned to his hometown where he worked for Ben and Fern Schmutzler until Ben passed away. Then Raymond, with his wife Norma, and Ben Drabing, and his wife Darlene, continued to operate the Schmutzler Funeral Home for several years, later changing the name to the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home. After a few years of being semi-retired, he came out of retirement to work alongside his daughter Karen and grandson Aaron at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. His work ethic continued well into his 80’s until his health would no longer allow him to be in everyday operations but he was still always around as much as his health would allow to greet everyone with a smile and have a conversation.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Baden Springs where he had served as a deacon and church moderator, one of the founding members of the French Lick-West Baden Chamber of Commerce, a 60-year Monarch member of the French Lick-West Baden Lions Club and a member of the French Lick American Legion Post 76. During the restoration of the West Baden Springs Dome, Raymond volunteered as a tour guide providing tours to groups to help raise funds to assist with the restoration of the hotel. In 2011, Raymond was named the Grand Marshall of the Pumpkin Festival.

Raymond loved playing golf and flying airplanes, until his health would no longer allow, watching baseball on TV but most of all spending quality time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Brosmer, French Lick; one daughter, Karen Brosmer, French Lick; one grandson, Aaron Kemple (Natasha), West Baden Springs; one great-granddaughter, Tinley Raye Kemple, West Baden Springs; one sister, Anna Mae Qualkinbush, Indianapolis; two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Brosmer, West Baden Springs,  and Nancy Brosmer, Dubois; and several nieces and nephews.

A Private Funeral Ceremony will be on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick. Burial will follow at Ames Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made In Loving Memory of Raymond to the Ames Chapel Cemetery Fund, C/O Ryan Barwe, 6487 West County Road 175 South, French Lick, Indiana 47432.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Service, 9640 W. State Road 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website – www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com.


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