OBITUARY

Raymond L. Brodersen

January 22, 1931January 27, 2021

Raymond L. Brodersen died at home in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX on January 27.

Private family memorial service will be held with an inurnment in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories under the direction of Elliot-Hamil Funeral Home.

Raymond Brodersen, son of Jens and Blanche (Bredburg) Brodersen was born on January 22, 1931 at Britton, SD. He graduated from Kidder High School in Kidder, SD and North Dakota State Industrial College at Ellendale, ND, with post-graduate studies at South Dakota State University and Northern State University in SD.

While serving on the USS Yellowstone in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he met his wife, Ardyce Easterby. On June 11, 1954 they started their 66 year marriage in Norfolk, VA. He was an educator and counselor, employed at Hill City High School in Hill City, SD as a guidance counselor and social studies teacher. Prior to returning to SD he was employed as an office manager for Postal Financial Officers in Sioux City, IA, Louisville, KY and Kansas City, KS.

He was a member of SD School Counselor’s Association, Hill City Education Association, American Legion of Hill City, and VFW Post #6873 in Abilene. He attended services at Elmwood West United Methodist Church in Abilene. While living in South Dakota he enjoyed upland game hunting and lake, stream and fly fishing for trout. In his retirement years in Abilene, he reveled in his time with friends, family, and grandchildren. He enjoyed listening to music, using computers, playing cards and reading. He maintained his interest in social studies, and continuously expanded his knowledge of history, world religions and political sciences. He spent his twilight years in Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, enjoying time with his wife and family, and watching the local wildlife and feeding his beloved birds from his deck.

He is survived by his wife, Ardyce, of Fair Oaks Ranch; one daughter, Linda (Michael) Shipman of Fair Oaks Ranch; one son, Blake (Davidica) Brodersen of Carrollton, TX; five grandchildren, Whitney Tyrrell, David Shipman, and Pierce, Luke and Simone Brodersen; and three great-grandchildren Isaiah, Jacob and Andrew Shipman.

His parents, his son (Ricky Ray), and his brother and sister preceded him in death.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
6 March

Private Family Memorial & Inurnment

 

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Viola Barfoot

February 7, 2021

Thinking of Ray and the loss of your loved one who is warmly remembered by me. First meeting him as a student in Custer.S.D. and later working in the Hill City school system with him. The friendship that followed for many years with all the family. The many times Blake and Craig shared during growing up in Hill City. We hold these memories of you and your family in our heart and wish you our deepest sympathy. Vi Barfoot

Craig Barfoot

February 7, 2021

Dear Ardyce, Linda, Blake, and families,

My mom told me this morning of Ray’s passing. Afterwards, I went on a cold hike in the snowy Montana landscape, and while doing so, I reflected back on knowing him as both the school counselor and the father of my good friend and classmate. Thinking of his memory stripped away the decades, and I remembered him like yesterday—always thoughtful, always kind, and always a smile, even for a truant like me. He was a good man. I am very sorry for your loss.

Sincerely,
Craig Barfoot

Patricia Kolodzey

February 3, 2021

Dear Brodersen Family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your husband, Dad and grandfather. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Brodersen, but have known Blake for many years. After reading the tribute and seeing Mr. Brodersen's picture, I can see where Blake gets those qualities that make him such a great professional colleague, co-worker and friend. Even down to the facial expressions!! I know the family has wonderful memories of Mr. Brodersen and hope they sustain you through these coming days and beyond.
Sincerely,
Patricia Kolodzey

Owen & Carol Wiederhold

February 1, 2021

What a joy and honor to know both Ray & Ardyce. We cherished the many years we had him in our school district and his wonderful happy personality. Blessings & love to the family.

John Knapp

February 1, 2021

Great man, great friend He will be missed by many.

Oscar Oland

January 31, 2021

Brody, my Kidder High School classmate and close friend.
I am thinking of the things we did together like hunting ducks and getting stuck in the mud. Joining the Navy and seeing each other in foreign ports. Didnt realize it at the time but he was a mentor to me.
Wonderful memories. We were burgers and fries and cherry pies, guys.
Oscar Oland

Clarence Moore

January 30, 2021

So sorry to hear about the passing of Ray. Growing up together — I have many fond memories that I will always cherish. Ray has been a great longtime friend and has a special place in my heart.

Clarence and Lila Moore

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FROM THE FAMILY