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Thursday September 19th, 2019
3:00pm - 7:00pm

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Raymond C. Brosmer

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

He was born in Orange County, Indiana on January 5th, 1927 to Simon E. and Myrtle (Clements) Brosmer. 

Raymond married Norma Koontz on June 7th, 1952 and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, (4) Brothers – Ralph, Roy and wife Helen, Joe and Donald Brosmer, (1) Sister – Alvenia McFarland and husband Wallace, (1) Brother-in-law – Raymond Qualkinbush and (1) 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 – 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:

Wife Norma Brosmer French Lick, Indiana

(1) Daughter Karen Brosmer French Lick, Indiana

(1) Grandson Aaron Kemple (Natasha) West Baden Springs, Indiana

(1) Great-Granddaughter Tinley Raye Kemple West Baden Springs, Indiana

(1) Sister Anna Mae Qualkinbush Indianapolis, Indiana

(2) Sisters-in-Law Evelyn Brosmer West Baden Springs, Indiana
Nancy Brosmer Dubois, Indiana

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

Visitation will be Thursday, September 19th, 2019 from 3:00 – 7:00 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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Just back from vacation and so so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. God blessed Ray with a wonderful loving family, friends and good life. He was known in the community as a really nice person. He will be missed by all. To his family, you have him always in your hearts and minds, he will forever be with you. May God Bless you in all your trials and tribulations. My sympathy and prayers are with you all.

Judy Crews Sep 25 2019 12:00 AM

Just now readon your web-siteof the passing of Ray. He was a very nice man!!! My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family and many friends!!!

Pamela Bayer Nelson Sep 23 2019 12:00 AM

A RAY OF SUNSHINE was ordered on September 19, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Karen so sorry for your loss. Jack and I are here if you need anything . Aaron I know this is hard for you and Im saying prayers for you . Norma he was with you a long time and you have wonderful memories to share. Bless you all in this time of need. Love you all.

jackie thompson Sep 19 2019 12:00 AM

Karen and Family, so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. We met your parents, Karen, only once, at Jim & Teresa's wedding. We so appreciated them coming to it, and was delighted to meet them. May God be with you in these difficult days. We send our love and prayers your way.

Wilma Norman Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. It's so hard when a loved one dies. For years Norma you and Ray were so kind and professional to meet my family's needs especially with the passing of my father and husband plus many aunts and uncles. Also thanks to Karen and Aaron for your kindness and professional care with my mother, brother and many family members and friends. God give you comfort in the passing of your husband and father.

Barbara Daugherty Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

Karen so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was such a good and loving person and did so much for the community. I will always remember him being so nice as we were growing up. Remember all the memories and know he is not in any pain now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Steve and Mary Melton Sep 18 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Raymond Brosmer

Jim and Sheila Tritle Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

Ray was a fine gentleman and a good friend..He will be sadly missed..Our condolences to his family..

Duane Radcliffe, and wife Mary Alice Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

I had the great honor of volunteering with Ray and Norma during the restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. He was a dedicated volunteer who loved sharing the rich history with visitors. Always welcoming, friendly and just a joy to be around. I know he will be greatly missed by his family and the community. My deepest condolences to his family.

Sandi Woodward Sep 17 2019 12:00 AM

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