Clint Alan Froelich, 39, Hays, Kansas died Sunday, April 12, 2020, with his wife holding his hand at HayMed. At 2:45 am on that Easter morning, he was freed of all his earthly pains and joined his heavenly Father away from all earthly burdens.
He was born August 16, 1980, the son of Morris Alan and Marie Kay (Dreiling) Froelich in Hays. Growing up, Clint was a very loving, happy, energetic, and ornery little boy. Clint attended Hays High School and graduated in May 1999. He was a very hardworking man of many talents, but most of all he loved construction. He worked for Bieker Construction for seven years before starting with Brackney Construction where he continued for the next 14 years. Clint was never one to turn down a person in need of help and would help friends and family many nights and weekends. He was a Kansas City Chiefs fan and enjoyed fishing, shooting, gardening, and baking. He would bake for days in preparation for ski trips with his family. He loved spending time with his daughters.
In March of 1998, as a junior in high school, he met his soulmate and future wife Savanna Tibbetts. Clint and Savanna dated long distance until she graduated from high school in 2001. In 2003, the happy couple welcomed their first daughter Marissa to the world, and Clint’s light never shown brighter. On September 16, 2006 Clint and Savanna were united in marriage in Hays at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church where Clint had been a member since the church was built. Clint loved being a father, and the couple welcomed three more children to their family. Afton was welcomed in October of 2007, Joselin was welcomed in July of 2009, and after many years of trying and being devastated by the loss of their only son Talon in August of 2014 and a daughter Piper in December of 2015, their daughter Victoria joined the party in October of 2017.
When Victoria was only six months old, Clint was taken to HaysMed for appendicitis. Five days after the appendectomy Clint was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive form of cancer. Clint took a breath and vowed to give every ounce of fight within him to conquer this disease. Over the next 23 months Clint endured 29 procedures, 83 days away from his beloved children, three different hospitals, two different states, 13 doctors, numerous nurses and many missed family holidays and celebrations. Clint NEVER gave up. Each and every day he woke up he put a smile on his face, and kept life as normal as possible for his girls.
Clint is survived by his wife; Savanna, and four daughters; Marissa, Afton , Joselin, and Victoria, all of the home in Hays, his parents; Morris and Marie Froelich of Hays, KS, a sister; Jill Russell and husband Bill, and two nieces; Kaeleah and Brynn Russell, all of Papillion, NE, his grandparents; Morris and MaryAnn Froelich of Gorham, KS and Marvin and Kathleen Dreiling of Hays, KS, his father-in-law; Russell Tibbetts of Beaver, OK and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many, many loved family and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son; Talon Froelich, a daughter; Piper Froelich, a cousin; Wade Dreiling, and his mother-in-law; Mary Tibbetts.
A memorial mass will be held at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church at a later date. Private family burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Clint’s children’s education made payable to Savanna Froelich, in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays. Condolences and memories of Clint may be shared with the family at www.haysmemorial.com