Aloysius (Allie) John Broxterman, 85, Axtell, KS died Friday, February 17, 2012 at the Stormont-Vail Health Care Center in Topeka.
Allie was born April 1, 1926 at Axtell, the son of Leo Broxterman and Stella Alfers Broxterman. He was one of eleven children. Allie attended Axtell schools through his junior year when he quit school to help his father on the farm.
In 1951, Allie enlisted in the United States Navy and served until 1955 when he was honorably discharged. While in the Navy, Allie was an aviation structural mechanic 2nd class, attached to the Helicopter utility squad #1 in San Ysidro California. He also served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Kearsage off the coast of Korea and spent time on the Coast Guard icebreaker, U.S.S. North Wind, charting a new course through the Northwest Passage for submarines. After the Navy, Allie worked for a short time for Boeing in Wichita.
He married Mildred Heiman on May 5, 1956 in Seneca at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. In the fall of 1956 they returned to the Axtell community to farm.
Allie was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell and the R.R. Hendricks American Legion Post #214 of Axtell.
Allie is survived by his wife, Mildred; a son, John Broxterman of Axtell; a daughter, Ann Reinecke and her husband, Alan of Centralia, KS; and two grandsons, Clay Reinecke of Davenport, IA and Carl Reincke of Topeka, KS; two brothers, Leo Broxterman of Davenport, IA and Bob Broxterman of Seneca, KS; four sisters, Betty Tappert of Troutdale, OR, Barbara Heiman of Othello, WA, Mildred Bair of Seneca, KS and Margaret Cummings of Topeka, KS.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant granddaughter, Nicole Reinecke, a sister, Lucille Aday, and three brothers, Frank, Jim and infant Kenneth.
A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 am Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:30 at the St. Michaels Catholic Church in Axtell, Kansas. Father Albert Hauser will celebrate the mass. The Schmitz family will provide the music for the funeral. Mr. Broxterman was cremated and his burial will be in the St. Michael’s Cemetery with full military honors by the R.R. Hendricks American Legion Post #214 of Axtell. The Rosary will be prayed Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M. at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Memorials are being left to the Axtell EMT’s and may be sent in care of the Landreth-Popkess Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.popkessmortuaries.com.