FIRST DAY – Baranof Elementary School paraprofessional Brooke Rivera helps kindergartner Andrei Kyrie Joaquin find his class as children line up for school this morning. Today was the first day of school for a third of the kindergarten class, which was divided into three groups. The final group of kindergartners begins school Monday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Ricky Jay Broschat

Ricky Jay Broschat

Ricky Jay Broschat passed into the arms of the Lord on June 11, 2017.

The Sitka High graduate was killed in an accident while motorcycling with friends in Arizona, the day before his 61st birthday.

A memorial service was held June 19 in Tucson, Ariz., at Desert Skies, United Methodist Church. The service included his brother Perry reading a letter from good friend Paul Haavig  and elegies by another brother, Brad, and Rick’s son Cary.

Rick was born June 12, 1956, in Valley City, N.D., to James and Doris (Helm) Broschat. When he was 8 the family moved to Sitka. He attended  the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he graduated with a  bachelor of science degree in biology.

Rick was married, in 1980, to Nancy Perta in Lake Oswego, Ore., and they had three beautiful children,  Alex, Cary and Amie Broschat. 

Rick lived in Utah, Arizona and Alaska then finally moved back to Arizona. He worked in the mining industry as a health and safety engineer for many years, and has owned a document destruction business in Tucson for the past 15 years.

Rick loved his family and friends, the outdoors, fishing, beer, antiques, working on old cars, taking care of plants, his dogs, and any animal that needed care or a home.

He enjoyed entertaining and having family and friends gathering at his home. He was an active member of Caballeros del Sol and Tucson Association of Executives.

Rick was a committed and loyal son, brother, uncle and faithful friend, and a wonderful and devoted father. He was loved by his family and friends, and a father figure to many. 

He was preceded in death by a brother, Cary, and his dad, James Broschat.

He is lovingly remembered and will be missed by the love of his life, Ande Roberts, Tucson; his children, Alex, 33, Cary, 30, and Amie, 27, all of Tucson; his mother, Doris Broschat of Mesa, Ariz.; his siblings, Perry (Melissa) Broschat of Sitka, Brad (Janine) Broschat of Yuma, Ariz., and Janae (Randy) Rodriguez of Middleville, Mich.; and nieces and nephews Andrew (Elle) and Alexandra Broschat, Jonathan, Rebecca and Elizabeth Broschat, and Kyle (Ashley), Nicole, Cody and Micah Rodriguez.

In honor of Rick’s love for animals, the family suggests donations be made in Rick’s name to Humane Society of Southern Arizona.




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