In Loving Memory…

Duane E. Brodersen

Duane Edwin Brodersen, 82, was born in Florence MO on November 6, 1936, and passed away on September 12, 2019 in Columbia, MO.  He was the third child of Arthur and Maude (Thomas) Brodersen. His family was joined by two more sisters, and he grew up around Otterville, MO.  

Duane’s early education was in Otterville, Mo where he played basketball, played in the band, loved dancing, raised chickens and rode his horse Geronimo in 6 foot of snow delivering papers every day of the year. He was a class officer each year of high school and president of the student council in his Sr. year. 

After high school graduation in 1954, he attended Central Missouri State College in Warrensburg and met the love of his life, Cynthia Burns.  He and Cynthia were married August 8, 1958. They made homes in Prairie Home, the farm in Otterville, Lowry City, Lincoln and returned to the farm in 1999.  On their 61 year journey together Duane and Cynthia were joined by 4 children: Dana, Benny, Cary and Matthew.  

After graduation Duane taught industrial arts, health, driver’s education, and coached boys and girls basketball, baseball and soft ball, at Prairie Home and Bunceton.   In 1964 he received a Master’s degree and became the principal in Bunceton. In 1970 he earned his Specialists degree and took his first Superintendent position in Lowry City that same year.  In 1972 the family of six moved to Lincoln after accepting the Superintendent position at Benton County R-II. Duane worked the next 17 years at Lincoln, which completed his 31 year career in Education.  Following his first retirement, he was elected Benton County Presiding Commissioner. Following another 4 years of public service, Duane entered his second retirement and returned to his passion of farming. Duane and Cynthia continued to live in Lincoln while she completed her teaching career, and he traveled to the farm several times each week.  In 1999 they constructed a new home at the farm and he became a full time farmer.

Duane stayed active at church and served on the State Fair Community College Board and the Central Missouri State University Advisory Committee.         

Duane accepted Christ at 14 years of age and maintained membership at Baptist Churches in Otterville, Prairie Home, Syracuse, Lowry City, Lincoln and Tipton.  

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Becky Brodersen and Linda Fry. He is survived by his wife Cynthia,  his four children: Dana (Bob) Aikin of St Louis, Bennett (Stacey) Brodersen of Kingsville, Cary (DeeAnn) Brodersen of Otterville, and Matthew (Karla) Brodersen of Columbia, nine grandchildren: Amy (Tyler) McCall of St Louis, Eric Aikin of St Louis, Austin (Anna) Brodersen of Midland, TX, Brandi Brodersen of Warrensburg, Aaron (Alison) Brodersen of Milwaukee, WI, Colten Brodersen of Kingsville, and  Noah, Samuel and Lillian Brodersen of Columbia; and two great-grandchildren: Sullivan and Elizabeth McCall of St Louis. Also surviving is his brother Tom (Doris) Brodersen of Shenandoah IA, and his sister Goldie (Chuck) Jones of Lee’s Summit; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Tipton.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 16, 2019, at Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia.  Burial will be in Syracuse Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Tipton or the Alzheimer’s Association.


  1. Chris and Lynn Payne

    Sending thoughts and prayers.

  2. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Duane in 1972. He was my mentor and my friend. Seventeen years later I succeeded him at Lincoln. He continued to be my mentor and my friend. I owe him so much.

  3. Sorry to read of Duane’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with Cynthia and your entire family.

  4. Praying for you and your family during this difficult time. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  5. Cynthia and Family. This is such sad news. I wish you strength to endure the grief of your loss. My thoughts are with you.

  6. Cynthia,
    So sorry for your loss. Duane was a good man and a good friend. I was privileged to pastor you family!!
    Bro. Randy P. Latch

  7. Maurice and Doris Gemes

    Cynthia and family,
    So sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. We were glad to know him. He will be missed greatly by the family. Our prayers are with all of you. May God give you peace at this time.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Brodersen was a great person. Jr. And Teresa Young.

  9. Praying for your family in this sad time . Duane was such a a nice man and now hes singing with the Angels.

  10. I am very sorry for your loss. My father Junior Weinberg worked with Duane during his years as Benton County Presiding Commissioner. My father was the Northside County Commissioner of Benton County. My sincere condolences to the family.
    Lawrie (Weinberg) Knox

  11. Sorry to all the family, may your memories bring you peace. Duane was such a nice man, and according to my Dad, Leroy Dillon, did a lot of good for the Lincoln School District while Superintendent. I remember when I graduated SFCC and received the Vocational Student of the Year Award, Duane was there and expressed his congratulations to me and that was so kind and good of him.

  12. John Warrick Burriss

    Sorry for your loss. Will be praying for the family. “GOD BLESS YOU and HIS FAMILY”

  13. Deepest Condolences to the families, Duane left quite a legacy and impacted many lives in his time here on earth. He will be greatly missed. Hold dear to the photos and memories locked in your hearts and mind. Days will go by you will long for those talks he used to give, hope you save voice recording! The Ron and Angela Roark Family

  14. Dennis & Rowena Nickell

    Our condolences go out to the family and prayers to comfort them in their time of need 🙏

  15. Jean Neuenschwander Ryberg

    Mr. Brodersen was well thought of in Lowry City as Superintendent. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  16. Becky Greer McBath

    So sorry for your loss Stacey, Benny and family. You are LOVED and in our prayers.

  17. Brandy Dollison and Family

    Cynthia, Cary, Dee Ann and the rest of the family,

    It has been an absolutely humbling experience working with all of you and being a part of the team/family helping care for Duane and helping Cynthia. Duane truly was a wonderful man who, even in his last days, had a great sense of humor and loving personality. Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your lives. Our love, prayers & ((Hugs)) are with all of you in your time of grieving and celebrating his amazing, fulfilling life. Apologies that we won’t be able to make it to the funeral due to being in Texas until at least Tuesday afternoon.

  18. Sharon Harris Thoma

    Condolences to the family. Coach Brodersen was my coach at Prairie Home in the 1960’s

  19. Kathy & Kenny Coffman

    Cynthia and family, our sympathy to you all. Duane was such a nice person, and we always enjoyed visiting with him. Prayers for you and your family.

  20. I loved reading about Duane’s life. Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers! I love you all so very much!

  21. Ed and Deanna Aikin

    May your memories and faith sustain you in this time of sadness. Condolences to Cynthia and the rest of Duane’s family.

  22. Ruth Ann Wittenberger

    Cynthia and family. I am so sorry to hear of Duane’s passing. My husband, Larry Dean, and I were both students and athletes at Prairie Home High School when he taught and coached there. I remember being sad when he left.

    You will all be in my prayers. 🙏🏻

    Ruth Ann (Zey) Wittenberger

  23. Sorry for your loss.Prayers going up for you & your family.He was a great guy.

  24. Blanchard & Nancy Youngblood

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Blanchard and Nancy Youngblood

  25. My sympathy to Cynthia and family. Don enjoyed being of the board of SFCC with Duane.

  26. Paul & Marilyn Ware

    We are very sorry for loss and praying for your family. We are friends of Dana and Bob and attend church with them. We have met her parents several times when they visited the Aiken’s.

  27. So sorry to hear of Mr. Brodersen’s passing. He was a very respected superintendent at Lowry City. I had the opportunity to be Mrs. Brodersen’s kindergarten student aid. I thought of well of both of them. He often had to get me excused for tardiness for my ag class which followed my hour of kindergarten aid as I didn’t always hear the bell. His comments to that fact were always amusing to me but not necessarily the ag teacher. We invited him back to be our Commencement speaker at my graduation in 1975. A few of us seemed to stand out in his memory as he recalled some humorous stories about us. To Mrs. Brodersen and the “kids”, you have my deepest sympathy. Let your special memories help you through this trying time.

  28. Sorry for your loss. I knew Duane back when we both were Industrial Arts teachers and I would visit FBC at Syracuse.
    You will be missed.

  29. Please accept my sympathy. Duane was a wonderful person. He is one of the lifelong friends John and I made from Lincoln. I will miss knowing he isn’t out feeding the cows.

  30. Art & Glenda Brauer

    Cynthia and family…… sorry to read about Duane. May it comfort you to know that others share your sorrow and we pray that God’s loving presence will comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time.

    With our love and sympathy,
    Art and Glenda (Ornes) Brauer

  31. Judy Kuhn Wittenberger

    Sending my sincere sympathy to the family. I was fortunate to know him from the mid 60s in PHHS as coach. Was able to visit with him every few years and it was like time hadn’t passed. He was a great man who gave so much to education. So happy to have known him. Judy Kuhn Wittenberger.

  32. Judy Kuhn Wittenberger

    Sending my sincere sympathy to the family. I was fortunate to know him from the mid 60s in PHHS as coach. Was able to visit with him every few years and it was like time hadn’t passed. He was a great man who gave so much to education. So happy to have known him.

  33. Janet (Scott) Legerski

    My thoughts and prayers are with The Broderson Family, Mr. Broderson was my coach at Prairie Home High School. I am very sorry for your loss. He was so kind, I thought a lot of him.

  34. We loved Mr. Broderson. He hired me for my first teaching job.
    It was an honor to know him and work with him.

  35. Ron & Kathy Wilken

    Duane Brodersen was the most kind, considerate, caring man I know. His gentleness, mentoring and
    leadership helped my family and me through our careers. He was always there with a caring ear.
    Cynthia, the children and grandchildren should be comforted in knowing he has simply: “Gone to see
    THE MAN about a dog.” God’s Speed Mr. B!

  36. Sheryll A (Siercks) Crooks

    I was a student at Lincoln and I held Mr.Broderson in very high regard He was always very kind to his students and everyone liked him God Bless his family

  37. Diana Snyder Smith

    I have many memories of spending time with Dana and her family at Lowry City and Lincoln, and then rooming with Dana at college. I recall a time that we had complained to Dana’s parents so much about dorm food, that Duane came to Warrensburg and took the two of us out for steak! He was a great guy, prayers and sympathy to all of the Brodersen Family

  38. Condolences to the Brodersen family. Honored to have known Mr Brodersen.

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