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Ron and Freda Broetzmann
Ronald E. Ron Broetzmann 1937 - 2016 Alfreda J. Freda Broetzmann 1938 - 2016

Ronald E. “Ron” Broetzmann 1937 - 2016
Alfreda J. “Freda” Broetzmann 1938 - 2016

HAYS — Ronald E. “Ron” Broetzmann, 79, died Dec. 3, 2016, at his home. Born Feb. 22, 1937, in Pierre, S.D., he was the son of Elmer and Lavina (Reed) Broetzmann. Alfreda J. “Freda” Broetzmann died Nov. 29, 2016, at her home. Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Schaffer she was the daughter of Phillip and Esther (Tittel) Foos. Ronald and Alfreda were married on May 27, 1956, in Holyrood. In 2011 the couple moved to Hays.
Ron grew up in Holyrood and was a graduate of Holyrood High School. He was a police officer for over 25 years, working in Liberal, Great Bend, as a detective at Garden City and a Chief of Police at Goodland. After his police work, he was an insurance adjustor at Farm Bureau in Pratt for 10 years and retired in 1995. He received Policeman of the Year in Garden City and an accommodation from the FBI. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1956-1959. He enjoyed woodworking and his coffee group.
Freda grew up in Great Bend and was a graduate of Great Bend High School. She was a bookkeeper at the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department in Pratt for 10 years. She enjoyed reading and cooking. They both enjoyed spending time with their family and grandchildren.
The Broetzmanns attended the Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam Blau-Erickson and husband Ken, of Russell, and Lori Hertel and husband Stan, of Hays; three grandchildren, Joshua Blau and wife Stacy, Chelsee Hoffman and husband Danny, and Daniel Hertel; two great-grandchildren, Bailee and Landry Hoffman; Ron’s two sisters, Betty Perrin of Bull Shoals, Ark., and Marilyn Wormeringer of Shawnee, Okla.; and Alfreda’s sister, Jean Smith of Hays. They were preceded in death by their parents; one son, Ronald Craig Broetzmann; one grandson, Steven Lee Hertel; one granddaughter, Ana Hertel; and Alfreda’s brother, Bud Foos.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays. Burial will be at Mount Allen Cemetery in Hays with military honors by the Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7690. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays. Memorials are suggested to the Dreiling-Schmidt Cancer Center, the Ellis County Dolly Parton Imagination Library or the Kansas Peace Officers Association. Condolences can be left by guestbook at or sent via email to

Funeral arrangements provided by
Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays*
1919 East 22nd Street
Hays, KS. 67601
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 6, 2016