Born Oct. 3, 1915 in Sedalia, he was the son of the late Ira Thomas Bronson, Jr. and Ethel Theo Armstrong Bronson. He was married to Marjorie Eloise Wheeler, who preceded him in death. On June 20, 1952 in Sedalia he married Minnie Elizabeth Harrington, who preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 1998. On Nov. 8, 2003 he married Anna Belle Reed Kurtz, who survives.
Mr. Bronson was raised and educated in Sedalia and was a 1933 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School. He attended Central Business College in Sedalia for two years, and also attended the University of Kansas School of Mechanical Engineering. He worked as an aircraft design engineer for Boeing Aircraft Company from January 1942 to December 1946 and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft from January 1947 to March of 1949. He later worked for Pittsburgh Corning as a design engineer from March 1951 until his retirement in 1980. Mr. Bronson enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He also loved to paint and travel.
Also surviving are three sons, James Bronson, of Sedalia, Richard Jacobi, Jr. (Beverly), of Sedalia and Larry Jacobi (Cindy), of Springfield; four daughters, Elizabeth Sinn (Larry), of Upper Marlboro, MD, Martha Hernandez (Pedro), of Topeka, Kan., Louise Lightner, of Farmington, NM and Kay Adams, of Lubbock, Texas; one sister, Sister Mariel Bronson, of Sinsinawa, Wisc.; 19 grandchildren, Angela Sinn, Stephanie Sinn, Danny Lightner, Sandy Rivera, Melissa Smith, Thomas Smith, Debbie Owen, Pedro Hernandez, Jr., John Bronson, III, Audrey Bronson, Shannon Koeller, Kevin Bronson, Mindy Butter, Kelly Jones, Cindy Pitman, Richard C. Jacobi, Robert S. Jacobi, Becky Steffen and Rich Ratty; and 34 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a son, John Thomas Bronson, Jr.; a grandson, Dr. Bobby L. Smith, Jr.; and a great-grandson, Christian Hernandez.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Downing, Jr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Bealch, Mike Beach, Jr., Ivan Ream, Alan Ream, Stacy Rambo, Jerome Marcy and Harold Ream. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mid-Missouri Alzheimer’s Association or First United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral chapel.