The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


December 15, 2013

Edward Broglio

JOPLIN, Mo. — Edward Broglio, 89, of Joplin, passed away on Dec. 13, 2013, at his home surrounded by his children.

Ed was born to Quinto and Angela (Gallo) Broglio in New York City, N.Y. He lived in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan in 1942.

Upon entering the Army in 1943, he was sent to Virginia Military Institute for two years where he completed the Army Specialized Training Advanced Program and was assigned to work on chemicals to treat soldiers uniforms to protect against mustard gas. After this, he was transferred to Camp Crowder to assist the war effort by working to improve radios and transmitter technology. After serving honorably during World War II, Ed attended Syracuse University in New York under the GI bill, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1947, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

While stationed at Camp Crowder, Ed met Mildred Stark at a USO dance. He and Mildred were married on Feb. 7, 1948, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Monett, Mo. They moved to Pittsfield, Mass., where Ed was employed by General Electric in their Naval Ordnance Department for seven years.

In 1954, Ed and Mildred relocated to Joplin, where Ed worked for Eagle Picher Industries for 33 years. During his career at Eagle Picher, Ed designed specialty batteries and developed battery manufacturing processes for the space program and defense industry. He also worked on one of the first electric car prototypes. Ed and a dedicated group of engineers at Eagle Picher designed the batteries for the Apollo 13 lunar module, which were essential for the safe return of the astronauts on that mission. Batteries designed and built by Ed and the engineers at Eagle Picher remain on the moon today.

Ed was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and a past member of the Elks Lodge 501 in Joplin. He enjoyed classical music, bridge, golf, sailing, traveling, and fishing.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; son, David; sister,Melve Zuccaro; and niece, Lorraine Zuccaro Berube.

Ed is survived by four daughters and one son,  Karen Griglak and husband, Martin, of Solana Beach, Calif.; Barbara Foley and husband, Joe, of Palm Harbor, Fla.; Peter Broglio, and wife, Ellen, of Joplin; Anne Evers and husband, Robert, of Germantown, Tenn.; and Sandy Smith and husband, Rob, of Tacoma, Wash.; Ed is also survived by 12 grandchildren; and his nephew, Ed Zuccaro and wife, Carol, of St. Johnsbury, Vt.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at St. Peters Catholic Church in Joplin, Mo., with Father J. Friedel officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Peter Broglio, Joe Foley, Martin Griglak, Robert Evers, Rob Smith, and Max Broglio. A Rosary will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the church with visitation to follow until the service.

On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website

Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or Joplin Public Library in care of the mortuary.

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