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Navarre Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2444 Rollingbrook Drive, Baytown, TX

OBITUARY

Gary Kay Bratsch

November 14, 1951January 31, 2020
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Gary Kay Bratsch, age 68, of Crosby, died Friday, January 31st, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas. Visitation will be Friday, February 7th, 2020, from 5-7 p.m. at Navarre Funeral Home Funeral, 2444 Rollingbrook Dr., Baytown, Texas 77521. Services will be held on Saturday, February 8th, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Navarre Funeral Home Chapel with Father Preston Weatherly officiating.

Gary Kay Bratsch was born on November 14th, 1951, in Sacred Heart, Minnesota, to Lowell and Marvelyn (Krueger) Bratsch. He grew up on the family farm in Renville and graduated from Renville High School in 1969. After graduation, Gary moved to Texas to pursue a career in the marine shipping industry. Gary married Linda Forbes on April 7th, 1977, in Baytown, Texas. He began his career as a welder at Platzer Shipyard and eventually worked his way up to a crew supervisor position. He then moved to Kirby Inland Marine where he worked as a Barge Planner until his passing. Gary was a member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church for many years, and was an active member of many church boards and councils. When he wasn’t working, Gary enjoyed traveling, rebuilding cars, exploring genealogy, voraciously reading spy novels, relaxing outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Lowell Bratsch.

Gary is survived by his wife Linda, his mother Marvelyn Bratsch, his sons and daughter: James (and Linda) Buboltz,Keegan (and Michaela) Bratsch, Taylor Bratsch, and Marin Bratsch; his grandchildren: Jameson and Karlson Buboltz, and Natalie Bratsch; and his siblings: Gail Runke, Jeff (and Vicky) Bratsch, Russ (and Kris) Bratsch, and Cheryl (and Joel) Bakker.

Blessed be his memory.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 8, 2020

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John Moyle

February 6, 2020

Always so hard to lose the ones who were so kind and thoughtful! Not only were you a valued colleague Gary... but became a trusted friend. I will miss your steadiness and wisdom!

My thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s beloved family. May God’s comfort and grace rest on every one of them!

John Moyle

Chuck King

February 6, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's going Home to be with the Lord. I worked for him in a shipyard when he was a field engineer. I have totally enjoyed watching him progress professionally and personally ever since. God bless his family. My prayer is that they find comfort and peace in the Lord through His Son Jesus Christ.

Carol Russell

February 5, 2020

Sorry, to hear about Gary. I worked with him at Platzer. Prayers to Linda and the family.

bob pennington

February 5, 2020

My sincere condolences to Linda and the rest of the family. I was truly blessed to be have known and had Gary as a friend. We had talked about being able to spend time together with each other and our Linda's in retirement. It is a shame that won't come to pass. However he will always be in my heart and in my mind. I will miss our talks and will think of him often. Rest in peace my friend and my best to all of his family.

Kay Runke

February 5, 2020

Sending my sympathy and prayers to The Bratsch. Thinking of Gail and her family.

Julie Neu

February 5, 2020

Gary was like the big brother I never had. I loved his smile, his deep voice and big heart, and I will miss him very much. He said mountains with very little words!
I send my condolences to Linda and all of his family.
Blessings, Julie

William Stewart

February 5, 2020

To our dear friend Linda and her wonderful family.. you’re grief has spread over the ocean to our family in Dover..we may not be with you in person but we share your pain and grief...you are in our hearts and prayers please take comfort from the love that surrounds you all at this sad occasion and celebrate the wonderful life together you had with Gary.. all our love from Willie,Janet ,Lauren and Owen ❤️

Mike Filzen

February 5, 2020

Sorry to hear of the sudden loss to the Bratsch family. I will always remember the trip in 1979 we took with Russ and Jeff and the time we spent in Texas with Gary and Linda. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bratsch family as they celebrate Gary’s life.
Mike and Anita Filzen
Olivia, MN

John Provenza

February 4, 2020

Have Gary, Linda and Family in Thoughts and Prayers. May The Good Lord Hold Y’all As Close As He Has Gary.
Enjoyed working with Ole Barge Buddy for years. Gary always had a Can Do Attitude. I have to admit, I use to enjoy agitating Gary. If you did agitate him you had to be prepared for the rebuttal.
I can see him smiling and hear his laugh as I type this note. Godspeed Gary, you are joining are Great Group.

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