After an amazing journey, living life to its fullest, Troy Alan Broxterman, 51, of
Topeka, left this world on Friday, November 20, 2020.
He was born February 4, 1969, in Topeka, Kansas, the third and final son of
Merlyn and Mary Jane (Buchanan) Broxterman. He was a 1987 graduate of
Seaman High School and received a degree in criminal justice from Washburn
University. Troy was employed by Wanamaker Elementary for 15 years and later
for S&L Ranch Adult Day Services.
Family was everything to Troy and he had a big one, but there are a few who hold
a special place in his heart, and he in theirs, starting with the love of his life,
Bethany Kuhl and an amazing young man named Josh; his brothers Kevin (Kathy)
of Burleson, TX; Keith (Anthony) of Seattle, WA; and his aunt, uncle, and cousins
Janelle, Jim, Kelly, and Shannon Money. Troy was also blessed with a second
family who loved him unconditionally and opened their homes and hearts to a
teenage boy just beginning to find his way; Don and Nancy Hoffman of Topeka;
sister, Brooke (Chad) Longstaff and brother, Adam (Wendy) Hoffman. There are
many more nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles, but to describe his family
would require a novel, because so many of the people he touched, became family.
He loved generously and welcomed all.
On November 5, 1978, his life changed forever when he lost his parents at the age
of 10. They were never far from his heart though and we have no doubt that they
are together again.
Troy was a giver. He cared deeply and was a dedicated, loving caretaker for many.
He had a deep and lasting impact in the Topeka community that will never be
To say he was a sports fan is an understatement. Football was his religion. The
Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas State Wildcats were at the top of his list. Win or
lose, it did not matter, his allegiance was unwavering (but yeah, he liked to win!).
He enjoyed so much more, including playing video games, the outdoors, 80’s
hairband music, and an appreciation for history and trivia. Whether it was road
trips, Chiefs games, or the infamous March Madness cabin weekend - a tradition
going back more than 20 years with some of his closest crew - central to
everything he loved most were the friends and family he experienced them with.
He lived life. And that's the greatest lesson he leaves with all of us.
Honoring Troy’s request, cremation is planned. A celebration of Troy will be held
at a later date in 2021 - a party you won’t want to miss!
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
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