Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting back to........

I wanted to write a quick note to thank you all for the wonderful posts of encouragement my family and I have received. Writing the posts is difficult for me as I was not the writer of this family. I have so appreciated the outpouring of love for my family. Words cannot express the gratitude of so many people. God has given me several wonderful prayer warriors. I have had very good days for the most part, but the night time is exceptionally difficult. I know that God is giving me the grace and taking me through this journey with Him holding me all the way. The children are doing well. I am so thankful for my mother and sister Dana who have taken my children all week and showered them with love and affection. They have answered many questions about Warren's death and Heaven. The teaching they have received from God's Word has been priceless. Please continue to pray for my family and I as we have a journey ahead of us. But I know God is Good and we will continue to give Him honor in this. I truly covet your prayers during this time. Life will never be the same. Pray for us as we begin our "new normal" next week. Oh, if you have a good story of Warren, please post it or e-mail me. We are compiling these for the children. Thank you

Friday, October 10, 2008

Warren loved to fish

Warren Brokering Obituary

Friends and Family, this is the obituary, which will be in the Terre Haute and Shelbyville, IN newpapers.


Warren Brokering, 41, of Terre Haute, Indiana left this earth to meet his heavenly Father on Thursday, October 10th, 2008 at 2:55 pm ET.

He was born, Warren Keith Brokering, on April 13th, 1967 to Nancy Lynn Stout Richards of Shelbyville, Indiana. He spent his formidable years in St. Paul, Indiana attending Hendricks Elementary, Waldron Junior High and Waldron High School where he excelled in wrestling and reached the state finals.

In 1986, God gripped Warrens’ heart and he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Following God’s calling, he enrolled at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI.

Beginning in 1986, Warren worked his way through college as he studied Youth Ministries. After many long years of sweat, toil and tears, Warren graduated in 1994.

Warren entered the ministry as a Youth Pastor in a small church in Virginia and began influencing many lives for the cause of Christ.

Later in his ministry, God called him to Bible Baptist Church in Terre Haute, Indiana. He faithfully served as a Youth Pastor for 10 years. It was during this time that he contracted lung and liver cancer. As he received chemo treatments and battled cancer he continued to minister to his youth group influencing hundreds of young people to serve Christ.

God then opened a door for Warren to work with other cancer patients at Providence Medical Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. He worked there as Chaplain for 2 years encouraging others in the Lord and leading many to Christ.

Warren was preceded in death by his father, Max Brokering, and leaves behind his wife of 13 years, Tana (Rodabaugh) Brokering and three small children; Madelyn (8), Chloe (6) and Spencer (4).

Also surviving Warren is his mother, Nancy Lynn Stout Richards of Shelbyville, IN; grandmother, Izzetta Brokering of Shelbyville; brothers, Scott Brokering of St Paul, IN. and Darin Brokering of Shelbyville; sister, Melissa (Rosenfeld) DeStain of Shelbyville; aunts, Sharon Broughton of Shelbyville and Janie Newhouse of Indianapolis and multiple nieces and nephews; and lastly, his extended family, in-laws, David and Ann Rodabaugh of Coon Rapids, MN.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Warren Brokering through 5th/3rd Bank at 2511 Poplar Avenue Terre Haute, IN. Phone number: 812-462-0376. Please request your gift to be placed in the Brokering account ending in 001.

Viewing and Funeral arrangements for Warren

Friends and Family: The viewing and funeral will be held at DeBaun Funeral Home. The viewing will be held Monday, October 13 from 4-8 pm ET. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 14th from 1-3 pm with internment at Roselawn Cemetery right afterwards.

DeBaum Funeral Home:
85 E. Springhill Drive,
Terre Haute, In 47802

Roselawn Cemetery
7500 North Clinton Street
Terre Haute, IN 47805
(812) 466-5221

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at 734-968-5135 as well as

In Christ,

Brett Marker

Finally Home

Warren Brokering, husband, father, pastor, and friend went home to be with his Lord this afternoon, October 10, 2008, at 2:55 p.m. (ET). He was surrounded by his wife, Tana, his family, and dear friends. He is no longer in pain, and he is now face to face with Christ his Savior. Although his passing is painful, we rejoice with him as he enters a new, eternal life with Jesus Christ.

At this time funeral arrangements are being made, and will be posted as soon as they are finalized. The family is asking that you respect their privacy and refrain from directly calling. Comments on the blog and emails are welcome. Please feel free to call Brett Marker with condolences and requests for information. Brett can be reached on his cell phone at 734-968-5135, and through email at

Thank you for your love and prayers during this difficult time.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing."

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Last Leg of the Journey

**EDIT** To friends of the Brokering Family,
An account has been set up for the Brokering Family at 5th 3rd Bank (2511 Poplar Avenue Terre Haute, IN) 812-462-0376.
Any gifts need to be placed in the Brokering account ending in 001

The next few blogs I have dreaded to write. Warren has taken a very bad turn and has deteriorated very quickly. At this point, I might rattle on from lack of sleep and being overwhelmed, but God has seen fit to end the battle of cancer for Warren. It will only be a matter of time. My heart is heavy with grief as I watch him. I know that God is taking him in his arms very soon, but we are not ready to see him go. Please pray for my family and especially my children as this is very difficult for adults to understand, but children... Warren was taken to the hospital on Monday because of severe pain and breathing problems. They put him on a Morphine pump and kept him overnight. Warren was told on Tuesday that his battle with cancer would not continue much longer. We prayed together and cried together and shared our hearts with each other. God gave us a precious time together with Him. By Tuesday night he was struggling with his breath again and having pain. On Wednesday morning he went to the office and they administered a diffent chemo that he could tolerate, but the Oxygen intake would not improve. They ended up taking him by ambulance to the hospital and let us know that it had become so bad that he only had a few hours to days. I watch him breath in and out and am so proud of my husband and this long battle he has fought. He does not communicate much right now and is in and out of sleep. All I have now is the moments that tick by and I cherish each moment his eyes open. I am reminded of God's wonderful goodness. Thank you for your prayers keep them coming. I will update again.