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James "Skip" S. Bronkhorst

August 29, 1969 — January 13, 2023

James “Skip” S. Bronkhorst, 53, of Greenleaf, KS, died January 13, 2023, near Barnes, KS. Visitation was Friday, January 20, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Kinsley Mortuary. The family received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 21, at Kinsley Mortuary in Marysville. The pallbearers were Blake Scott, Glenn Sandberg, Mike Smith, Richard Kabriel, Lester Brandon, Tyler Adams, Wade Pinkham and Travis Herschberger. The honorary pallbearers were Gale Lambrecht, Doug Miller, Luke Padgett, John Bronkhorst, and Kurt Vande Zande. Skip was born on August 29, 1969, in Fond Du Lac, WI and is the adopted son of Allen and Jean (Westra) Bronkhorst. He was raised on the dairy farm in Wisconsin and was driving tractors at 5 years old. At the age of 8 years old he loved to ride his 3-wheeler. This led him to fall in love with riding motorcycles, having a few tumbles along the way. Riding his Harley was a passion of his along with driving trucks. Skip has been driving trucks for over 35 years, working for multiple companies throughout that time. In his early driving years, he worked as a chauffeur then moved on to driving semis. Skip hauled a variety of products from paper, canned goods, and for the mail service. He wanted to try something different, so he found a custom harvesting company which led him to Kansas. From there he pulled a hopper bottom and then found his enthusiasm in livestock. He loved hauling pigs, steers, fats, heifers and bulls which took him to most of the surrounding states. Skip loved being outdoors, either working in the yard, tinkering in the garage, chopping wood to clear out pastures and/or chopping firewood for friends. He was a strong supporter of the Green Bay Packers. Skip was a very hard worker and never knew how to stop. He would help anyone at a drop of a hat. Skip loved being around good friends with an ice-cold Pabst and sharing meals with his 3 favorite pups: Iggy, Harley, and Lucy. Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Edward “Eppa” and Agnes Westra, Randolph, WI and Bill and Tracy Bronkhorst, Brandon, WI. Survivors include his spouse, Pamela Dobrovolny, Greenleaf, KS; child, Steven Bronkhorst, Waupun, WI; parents, Allen and Jean Bronkhorst, Randolph, WI; sister, Laurie (Kurt) Vande Zande, Waupun, WI; brother, John (Shelly) Bronkhorst, Waupun, WI; several nieces and nephews. Please join us in giving Skip his last ride and final call after the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate assistance with funeral costs. Contributions may be sent in care of Kinsley Mortuary. Video link to funeral for James "Skip" S. Bronkhorst Link to tribute video for James "Skip" S. Bronkhorst To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of James "Skip" S. Bronkhorst, please visit our flower store.

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