Robert (Bob) L. Broxterman, 85 passed away peacefully on May 27, 2018 at the St Mary’s Manor.
He was born August 8, 1932 to Andrew and Lena Buessing Broxterman at the farm in Seneca, Kansas. He grew up in the rural Baileyville area going to Baileyville Grade School through the 8th grade and received his GED in 1987.
He served in the United State Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was married to Ann Elizabeth Koelzer on March 4, 1957. She survives.
Bob’s passion was farming and he farmed and ranched in the Baileyville area for ten years before moving to the Rossville area in 1968, where he farmed/ranched and started work as a welder for Allis-Chalmers in Topeka. He worked there for 19 years until its closing. Bob then worked for Rossville Truck & Tractor as a mechanic until his retirement. He continued to farm until he was physically not able.
He was a devoted man of faith and was an active member of the parishes he lived in, helping build the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Baileyville and helping with the renovation to the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. He was a charter member of the St. Stanislaus Knights of Columbus, serving as the chapters first as Grand Knight. He was also a long-time sacristan with his wife, Eucharistic Minister and he served as a religious ed. teacher as well as on many committees. He had a great devotion to the Blessed Mother taking several overseas pilgrimages and leading the weekly rosary at mass until he was unable.
Bob’s love was his wife and his family. Spending time with his kids, grandkids and extended family brought him extreme joy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Daniel Broxterman; two brothers, Leonard (Bud) Broxterman and Tom Broxterman; one sister, Sally Scott, one grandchild, Belinda Meier, and a daughter-in-law, Chanelle Broxterman..
Other survivors include ten children; Joyce Rakestraw-Meier (Augie) Topeka; Jeanette Bouzianis (Paul) Topeka; Janice Taylor (Bill) Silver Lake; Andrew Broxterman (Carina) Manhattan; Nancy Pletcher (Brand) Eskridge; James Broxterman (Monica) Topeka; Connie Fischer (Daniel) Silver Lake; David Broxterman Silver Lake; Bradley Broxterman (Missy) Delia; Christopher Broxterman (Amanda) Rossville.
He is also survived by nine siblings including five brothers; Charles Broxterman, Frankfort; Ralph Broxterman, Vermillion; Bill Broxterman, Vermillion; Richard Broxterman, Sabetha; and Pat Broxterman, Baileyville. Four sisters; Elsie Becker, Topeka; Kay Mitchell, Frankfort; Sister Anna Marie Broxterman, Concordia; and Mary Holthaus, Centralia.
Thirty-one grandchildren; Jeremy Rakestraw, Silver Lake; Jessica Rakestraw, Topeka; Jared Rakestraw, Topeka; Augie Meier III, Topeka; Bridget Meier, Lawrence; Steven Bouzianis, Topeka; Gregory Bouzianis, St Croix, USVI; Nicholas Bouzianis, Manhattan; Michelle Taylor, Silver Lake; Lindsay McCrary, Berryton; Ben Broxterman, Manhattan; Jill Broxterman, Manhattan; Josie Broxterman, Manhattan; Tyler Pletcher, Eskridge; Jacob Pletcher, Eskridge; Sara Thielenhaus, Topeka; Josh Thielenhaus, Topeka; Karlee Fischer, Wapakoneta OH; Samantha Fischer, Manhattan; Alexis Broxterman, Silver Lake; Ashley Broxterman, Topeka; Emily Broxterman, Delia; Clara Broxterman, Delia; Michael Broxterman, Delia; Cheyenne Hughes, Belle Plaine; Shaunee Hulbert, Manhattan; Chayne Hulbert, Delia; Sheldon Hulbert, Delia; Caleb Broxterman, Rossville; Sydney Broxterman, Rossville, and Makayla Broxterman, Rossville.
Twenty great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Rossville. Interment will be in the Rossville Cemetery. Mr. Broxterman will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 6:30 P.M. Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the church where there will be a rosary recited at 6:30. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Stanislaus Building Fund in Bob’s memory and sent to Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536. To leave online condolences please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.