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Obituary of Richard Hays – Broomfield, CO

Richard (Dick) Hays, a longtime Broomfield resident and teacher in the Broomfield schools, passed away peacefully at home on December 21, 2019. He was 86. Dick was born on July 21, 1933 in Rawlins, Wyoming, the son of Tyler and Edith Hays . After moving to Phoenix, Arizona with his family, he graduated from North Phoenix High School and attended Arizona State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Colorado A&M, where he met his future wife Shirley Ronnfeldt in 1954. They were married in 1956 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Denver. Dick later completed his master’s degree at Colorado State College in Greeley. Dick and Shirley spent the early years of their marriage in Platteville and Yuma, Colorado. In 1961, they moved their growing family to the new town of Broomfield, where he became a music teacher at Broomfield High School. He will be remembered for his many years teaching music at Broomfield Junior High and in the later years of his career at several other schools in the Boulder Valley School District. Dick’s passion was teaching and passing on his love of music to his many students over the course of his 30 years in education. He was an active member of Broomfield United Methodist Church, where he served as music director for many years. Dick was active in many Masonic organizations throughout his life, including Mosaic Lodge #184 of Eastlake; Temple Chapter #96, Unity Chapter #97 of Denver and Loyalty Chapter #145 of Westminster, Order of the Eastern Star; and Denver’s El Jebel Shrine. Music was a cornerstone of Dick’s life and well into his eighties he enjoyed playing clarinet, oboe and saxophone with the El Jebel Shrine Band, El Jebel Dance Band and the Golden Eagle Band. He and Shirley loved traveling around the country in their Winnebago camper to visit family, make new friends and explore new places. In later years, Dick continued to travel the world with his children, enjoying multiple cruises in Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and Europe. Dick was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Shirley. He is survived by his sister, Jean Ehlers (Jack) of Prescott, AZ and his children, Rick Hays of Northglenn, Karen Anselmo of Broomfield, Janet Allen (Jim) of Magnolia, TX, Steve Hays of Denver and Marsha Prokuski (Curt). of Larkspur. He will be greatly missed by his 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. His kind-hearted and caring spirit will be missed by his family and friends and the many students he touched as an educator in the Boulder Valley Schools. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at Broomfield United Methodist Church, 545 W 10th Ave, Broomfield. Visitation on Friday, December 27 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Rundus Funeral Home, 1998 W 10th Ave, Broomfield. Contributions may be made to the Colorado Masons Benevolent Fund Scholarship program.