Kaukauna, WI Drag Racer Killed, Aug 1966
DRAG RACER IS KILLED IN CRASH.
Kaukauna - THOMAS J. BROAS, 28, a Black Creek father of three children, was killed shortly after 12 noon on Sunday, when his drag racer went out of control during a time trial run at the K. K. Sports Club arena, three miles south of Kaukauna.
Outagamie County Coroner Bernard H. Kemps said BROAS was driving his racer at a high rate of speed and encountered trouble with the mechanism while he was making a U-turn. The car went out of control, struck the side of a guard rail, knocked off a pole and then hit an embankment, running into a deep ditch. It then struck the embankment of a railroad right-of-way, jumped across the track and finally landed on the east side of the track.
Kemps said the victim's death was the first of this type of accident to occur in Outagamie County.
BROAS was born Dec. 30, 1937, in Neenah, and graduated from Menasha High School in 1955. He was formerly employed at the Gilbert Paper Company, Menasha.
Survivors are the widow, Mae; one daughter, Cheryl; and two sons, Steven and Craig, all at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Broas, Menasha; two brothers, Richard, Neenah, and Jack, Menasha; and grandparents, Mrs. Josephine Broas, Milwaukee, and Herman Fredericks, Little Chute.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton, with the Rev. Christian J. Thearle officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Neenah.
Friends may call at the Laemmrich Funeral Home, Menasha, from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and then at the church from noon until the time of service on Wednesday.
A memorial is being established.
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1966-08-08