Ronald Bernard Brotherman

Ronald Bernard Brotherman Ronald Bernard Brotherman, 78, of Austin, passed away peacefully at home on Good Friday, following a lengthy battle with ALS. He was born in San Antonio in 1934, graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1952, and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. In 1958 he married "that little kid up the road", Katherine Russell. Ronald lost Katherine to breast cancer in 1994, but found love a second time with Ruthie Urban. Ron and Ruthie married in 1995. Ron was an electrician and member of the IBEW for 60 years. He also pursued many other interests. He enjoyed houseboating and competition pistol marksmanship. Ron was a senior member of the U.S. Power Squadron for ten years and taught boat safety and handling. Ron was also committed to community service. He served as a volunteer Austin Police Department radio monitor for ten years, and helped with rescue efforts during the 1981 Memorial Day flood. He was a volunteer peace officer in the Travis County Sheriff's Office Reserve Unit for 28 years. In 2010, he received the Travis County Sheriff's Office Volunteer of the Year Award; this award is now named after him. Ron also obtained Master Peace Officer status in 1992, the highest peace officer license category in the state of Texas. Ron was very active in his church and neighborhood. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and served on the Board of Elders. He served on the Rollingwood City Council. He also helped many elderly neighbors by shopping for groceries, providing transportation to medical appointments, and making repairs to their homes, all of which enabled them to live at home until the end of their lives. Ron is survived by his wife, Ruthie Brotherman, brothers Donald and Lelan, sister Janice, daughter Ann and husband Sam Hammer, son Carl and wife Geralyn Brotherman, son Paul and wife Cherri Urban, and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his "Kearney Brothers" Willie Riebe, George Sefcik, and Eddie Olvera, of San Antonio. The family would like to thank his caregivers, Emma Johnson and Mary Greathouse, who added so much love and laughter to his last weeks of life. The family would also like to thank Melina Monson and the ALS Association, and the providers from New Century Hospice. A service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River, on Saturday, April 6th, at 2 pm. Visitation will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, on Friday, April 5th, from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the ALS Association and the Travis County Sheriff's Reserve Officers Association. Memorials and guestbook online at www.wcfish.com


Funeral Home

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
3125 North Lamar Avenue Austin, TX 78705
(512) 452-8811

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 3, 2013