Obit: Braun, John E. (1933 - 2014)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surname: Braun, Diermeier, Hartman, Hoffman, McNeill, Peissig, Riehle, Smith

----Source: The Record - Review (Abbotsford, WI) 12/10/2014

Braun, John E. (3 JUN 1933 - 5 DEC 2014)

John E. Braun, 81, Marathon, formerly of Athens, died Friday, December 5, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born June 3, 1933, in Wausau, son of the late Wilfred and Edna (Wendt) Braun. On June 18, 1958, he married Marion Peissig at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville. She survives.

After graduated from Athens High School, Mr. Braun attended St. Norbert College until he was called to serve in the Korean War. Upon completion of his service in the military, he joined Braun Bros. & Co. in the retail sales and service in the lumber and hardware business. He retired after 42 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed sports, camping and spending time at the lake and at the cottage.

Mr. Braun was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, active in the Athens Fair and served as scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. In 2010 John and his wife moved to Marathon after residing in Athens for 52 years. In Marathon he enjoyed sporting events with his grandsons, joined the swim center and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Braun, Marathon; his children, Mike Braun, Buffalo, MN, Mary Beth (Les) McNeill, Sun Prairie, and Tony (Sandy) Braun, Marathon; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Tom (Bev) Braun, Athens, and Joe (Joan) Braun, Milan; and one sister, Judi (Jim) Hartman, Athens.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Jean Hartman, Joan Smith, Joyce Riehle and Bill Braun.

The funeral Mass was celebrated December 9 at St. Antony Catholic Church, Athens. The Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier and the Rev. Paul Hoffman presided. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Athens.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s name.

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