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Kenneth G. "Red" Brobston

June 30th, 1942 – March 1st, 2023

Kenneth G. “Red” Brobston , Sr., of Vermont, IL, passed away at 11:15 pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at his home in Vermont, IL. He was born on June 30, 1942 in Mount Pleasant, IA, the son of Howard and Evon (Ferrel) Brobston. Red married Karen Wilson on October 23, 1976 in Vermont, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, April Fullenkamp of Burlington, Iowa, Allan (and Robin) Deen of Yarmouth, Iowa, Pam (and John) York of St. Paul, Iowa , Tanya (and William) Morgan of Vermont, Illinois and Kenneth (and Becky Fewkes ) Brobston, Jr. of Table Grove, Illinois, grandchildren, Jessica James, Robert (and Anny) Jackson, Alexandra (and Nathan) Beck, Shawn Foster, Misty Deen, Jonathon Deen, Nicole Suesens, Amanda Suesens, Lynsey Brobston, Laci (and Skylar Vedenhaupt) Jacobs, Corey (and Nadine) Jacobs, Seth (and Kaela Clark) Jacobs and Colleen Welch, 29 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Dennis (and Georgia) Brobston of Middleton, Iowa and David Brobston of Canton, Illinois.

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Raymond “Tony” Brobston and Howard “Bud” Brobston and one sister Patricia Brobston.

Red worked at Caterpillar in Mapleton for 30 years, retiring in 2006. His first job was at Owens Gas Station in Burlington, Iowa. He also did a lot of mechanical work and worked at the Vermont Foundry in Vermont, Illinois for some time.

He was a member of the UAW Local #974 in East Peoria, Illinois and the Vermont Fire and Rescue Squad.

Red’s first car was a 1951 Ford convertible, purchased when he was 17 years old. He completely restored it and took it to many car shows. He also restored another 1951 Ford for his wife. He loved going to car shows and even raced cars in West Burlington, Iowa. He also remodeled his own home in Vermont

He was family first, strong willed and “bull-headed”, caring in his own way.

Red also enjoyed watching WWE wrestling.

Graveside services will be held in the Vermont Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2023. Pastor Matthew Thiner will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials in Red’s memory may be made to the Vermont Fire and Rescue Squad.


March 4th, 2023

Got to know Red well he will be missed Love to u Karen

March 5th, 2023

Rick and Janet Brumby.
Karen we are so sorry for your loss of Red. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 6th, 2023

We are deeply sorry for your loss. will be very sadly missed by all.
Ora and Mary Shaw Welch

March 6th, 2023

Was so sorry to hear about Red. I really liked him. Gonna miss him waving as I drive by. Mark pace

March 14th, 2023

Karen & Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Red was a good guy & will be sadly missed. Love & Prayers!

March 14th, 2023

Uncle Larry & Aunt Gracie.