OBITUARY

Milton Howard Brackmann

September 17, 1930March 14, 2020

Milton H. Brackmann O.D. died in Ft. Wayne, IN on Saturday, March 14, 2020. He was born Sept. 17, 1930 in Fort Wayne, IN. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Carolyn (Sauer) Brackmann. They were married on Sept. 4, 1954 in Lakewood, OH. They were blessed with three children: Sandra (Matthew) Street (grandsons Nathaniel, Eric, David, Luke); Dr. James (Beth) Brackmann (grandchildren Phillip, Claire, Allison); Douglas (Dawn) Brackmann (grandchildren Jacob, Megan, Blake). He was blessed with eight cherished great-grandchildren: Lachlan and Evelyn; Stella, Connor & Carter, Brooke & Ellery, Emilia. He is survived by his sister Marilyn Chappell. He was preceded in death by his siblings Marcella Bostelman; Ronald Brackmann; and Edward Brackmann. Milt cared for many patients in the Ft. Wayne area as a selfemployed optometrist. He was an active participant at Zion Lutheran, Epiphany Lutheran and St. Peter’s Lutheran churches in Fort Wayne, and Emmanuel Lutheran in Naples, FL. He was an alumnus of Concordia Lutheran High School and remained a life long supporter following his graduation in 1948. He attended Valparaiso University where he met Carolyn in 1949 and then graduated from Indiana University’s School of Optometry. He was a charter member of the Concordia Lutheran Education Foundation and in 2005 was honored as a lifetime director. In 2013 he was inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame. Milt played for the Concordia Lutheran, Valparaiso University and Marine Corps basketball teams. During the Korean War, he served in the second Marine Division. Charitable interests included Bethania (India) and Project Mercy (Ethiopia). He made several trips to Honduras with VOSH - an eye care project involving the Lion’s Club. Family summer weekends were spent at Pretty Lake and winter retirement months in Naples, FL. There will be a funeral service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Unfortunately, due to the current area health restrictions, there will be no visitation and the ushers during the service will being taking precautionary measures. The family and church encourage those that may not feel well or that do not want to take the risk to attend services via live streaming. Please log onto www.Facebook.com/StPetersFW to view. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and support they have received and understand your decision regarding attendance. Memorials may be sent to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 7710 E State Blvd, Ft Wayne, IN 46815 or Concordia Lutheran High School 1601 St. Joe River Drive, Ft. Wayne, IN 46805.

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  • St. Peters Lutheran Church
  • Concordia Lutheran High School

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Maureen Jones

March 21, 2020

Dear Carolyn, Sandra and Matt, Luke and Molly and the whole Brackmann family. I am Molly Street’s paternal grandmother and we sat at the table with Milt and Carolyn at Molly and Luke’s wedding. Such a wonderfully kind man. You can see it in his face. We spoke to Carolyn and Milt again at Evelyn’s Baptism and I was so impressed with how sweet and kind they both were, and could see how that had been passed down to Sandra and then Luke. My heart breaks for all of you and know that your grief at Milt’s loss is eased by your gratitude for God’s gift of Milt as husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather for so long. May Christ’s peace enfold you all.

Phil Eschels

March 21, 2020

All the Brackmann family are in my prayers. Milt will be missed greatly, but his memory will live on in the many people who have been blessed by knowing him. I have many happy memories of playing tennis with Milt. More importantly, his faith was evident in all he did. Milt was one of those people you just liked being around. He was respected because he was always respectful of others. He lived his faith through his love of family and the support he gave to others by providing an example of a well-lived Christian life. May God comfort you all during this time of sorrow. In time, may your sad thoughts turn into only happy memories of him.

CAROL STEDGE

March 20, 2020

I REMEMBER DR. BRACKMANN ATTENDING THE REUNIONS OF THE BRACKMANN FAMILY AT HERMAN AND HELEN ARMSTRONG'S HOME. HE WAS ALWAYS A LIVELY CENTER OF ACTION AT THESE EVENTS. HE WAS A KIND AND GENEROUS MAN AND AN EXCELLENT EYE DOCTOR. I ALSO ENJOYED SERVING WITH HIM ON THE CONCORDIA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION BOARD WHICH HE HELPED START. HE WILL BE MISSED HERE ON EARTH BUT WILL BE A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE HEAVENLY CHORUS.
CAROL (ARMSTRONG) STEDGE

Jerrold Nichols

March 20, 2020

To the Brackmann Family.

We send our personal greetings and condolence to you dear people a this time of the death of Milton.

We recall with fondness our involvement in a small group Bible study at Zion that met each month in our respective homes where we studied, discussed, shared, prayed, laughed and ate some of the finest desserts.

The living Lord will bless you at this time as only he can do.

Jerry and Mary Nichols

Conni Trier

March 19, 2020

I was a freshman in high school when my mother Ellie Trier took to Dr. Brackmann to get contact lenses. It was 1960. I was so thrilled not to have to wear glasses anymore since I had worn them starting in 3rd grade. We loved Dr. Brackmann so much. My mom and dad, Art Trier all became patients. Maybe because of him being a Cub and IU fan. They always talked about those two teams when we would go in for an apt. He was so nice and kind. Always smiling. We liked his sister also. They were a good team. I know you will miss him so much. I lost my mother 20 yrs. ago and my dad 16 yrs. ago. I miss them every day. God is good, all the time. Sincerely, Conni

Marilyn & Jerry Go

March 19, 2020

Dear Carolyn and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Milt's death. You all have our deepest sympathy. We so enjoyed him in our small group and I know that he was very happy to enjoy the warmth of Florida and his tennis game.

We send our love and prayers.

Len Winebrenner

March 17, 2020

Sorry to hear of your Father's passing Doug and family. I pray for God's strength and comfort for you all. Your dad was my Optometrist when we were in high school. He always made me feel at ease. He had a very calming way about him. I can't make the funeral I have to travel to my daughter's house in noblesville this weekend to watch our grand babies. Would have loved to seen your family again. Gods love and peace to you all.
Len

Michael Amorini

March 17, 2020

Milt was one of the finest gentlemen that I've ever met. Just having a chance to share time with him on the tennis court was a great gift. He was always supportive and considerate, and a awesome partner. And his legacy lives on with his children and grandchildren. It is obvious that James and Beth continue to demonstrate the same great moral and family values so evident from Milt's life.

Phil Amt

March 16, 2020

Suzanne and I send our condolences to the family of Dr. Brackmann. We thank the Lord for the influence he made in our community, especially when it came to Lutheran Education. We thank him for his support of CLHS. He was a true CADET! I remember Milt when he and his brother, Ed, played church league basketball in the Zion gymnasium. One particular play they used took advantage of Ed's ball-handling skills and Milt's big-man skills. Milt would post up in the low post, putting his defender on his back. Ed would pass the ball off the backboard so that Milt could catch-and-shoot it for an easy two points. We know that Milt's faith in his Lord was a consistent witness to his family, classmates, colleagues, patients and friends. Knowing that one of his grandchildren became the head basketball coach at his alma mater was a special joy to Milt.
We send our love to all members of the Brackmann family.

Phil and Suzanne Amt

Al Wick

March 16, 2020

Milt, a friend of mine for over 73 years. I first met Milt when we became team mates on the basketball team at Concordia HS, and have been friends ever since.
Carolyn, I cherish the times & memories we share in our frequent visits in Ft Wayne, as well as Florida.
May God comfort you and your family in this very difficult time.

In Christian love,

Al Wick











FROM THE FAMILY