Gene B Broughten

Died: Mon., Feb. 15, 2016


3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 20, 2016
Location: St. John's Episcopal

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sat., Feb. 20, 2016
Location: St. John's Episcopal

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Gene Broughten, 84, Mankato, died Monday, February 15, 2016 at Pathstone Crossing in Mankato.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2015 at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Mankato.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church.  Interment will be at Woodland Hills Memorial Park.  Woodland Hills Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.  In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Mayo Hospice, Mankato.

Gene was born May 17, 1931 to Bertram and Ruth (Spitzack) Broughten in Faribault and raised in Morristown and Mankato.  He graduated from Mankato High School.  Gene served in the United States Army during the Korean War has a Corporal in the 54th Engineer Battalion.  He received a B.A. from State Teachers College – Mankato and a M.A. degree from Mankato State University.  Gene taught music education K-12 for many years in Worthington and Wilson Campus School.  He also worked as the Student Relations Coordinator of Arts and Humanities, the Open Studies Program at MN State University – Mankato.  Gene received the Humanitarian award for Arts and Humanities and was a benefactor to the music department at MSU.

In his free time Gene enjoyed his family and friends, music, reading, A.A., Bible study, photography, collecting books and CD’s, and was a patron of the arts including music and theatre.  He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal church in Mankato.  Gene enjoyed meeting new people and living life to the fullest.

Gene is survived by his daughters, Tara Love of St. Paul and Mary (Jeff) Bennett of Rochester; son, Michael Broughten of Mankato; grandsons, Tyler Haupert and Evan Bennett; sisters, Ann (Erv) Arndt of Vernon Center and Faye McCandless of North Manakto; brothers, Dale (Carol) Broughten of Mankato, Jim (Diane) Broughten of Princeton, and Tom (Kathy) Broughten of Mendota Heights; many nieces and nephews; son-in-law, Dan Magistad.  

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Mayo Hospice and the staff at Pathstone Crossing for the loving care they gave Gene.

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Marcus Linn
   Posted Tue February 16, 2016
To Gene's Family
What a great guy he was. A gentleman of the old school. He was a connoisseur of fine music and voracious film buff. What I most admired was the fact he was so interested in so many things that it made him more interesting. His animation was infectious. I'm sorry for your loss and join you in celebration of a life well lived.
Marcus Linn (I'm a friend of Mike's.)

Mary Visser
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
Gene was a wonderful man who contributed a great deal to Minnesota State University, Mankato during his employment there. I am sorry I did not have the chance to work with him but enjoyed so much conversations with him about past and current campus issues.

I also appreciated Gene's generous sharing of his extensive movie collection with other residents of PathStone Crossing including my mother, Virginia. She could not always tell me what movie they watched but she really looked forward the viewings and sharing the experience with him and others. He will be greatly missed.

Dick Liebendorfer
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
Gene was a first rate human being. We spent many hours talking in the hallways of MSU's Armstrong Hall, where our offices were a few doors from one another, or downtown at the Coffee Hag. He had a hearty laugh, a warm heart, a good word for all and many words to share-- about politics, movies, music, books, the everyday wonders and curiosities of life, even the weather-- with anyone interested in conversation. He will be missed.

Patrick E Erdner
   Posted Wed February 17, 2016
I was quite sad to hear of Gene's passing as I used to run into him around town at various places. I went to MSU from 1986 to 1991 and did work study for Gene and also stopped in to visit him quite often. His Open Studies program was a huge benefit to many students and MSU and Gene was always welcoming to anyone who was interested in being a part of his program.

I remember the large music collection that he had of which he gave me a great gift - a CD of the one and only Etta James and told me to open myself up to something new. I still have that CD today and that was the start of a whole new style of music listening and for that I am ever grateful. May you rest in peace Gene as you will be missed by myself and many others in the community!

Sharon Winters Flatgard
   Posted Sat February 20, 2016
Gene was a wonderful man. I met him when my mother, Maria, moved to Pathstone and they became dinner companions. Since I live out of state I did not have a chance to visit often but when I did I always found time to visit with Gene. He was a joy to be around because he was so interested in the world around him and in other people. We shared many a conversation on politics, literature, art and food. Gene was generous. When my mother was ill he offered to take family photos for us which he did and presented my mother with a beautiful framed photo which she treasures today. His warm smile lit up the room. We will all miss Gene and his life well lived.

John and Kathy Dorn
   Posted Sat February 27, 2016
We were sorry to learn that Gene passed away.
You are in our thoughts. Our prayers include you.

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