OBITUARY

Arthur J. "Butch" Brager

October 31, 1941February 10, 2021
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Arthur J. “Butch” Brager

Arthur J. Brager was born in Fresno, CA on October 31, 1941, and went home to heaven at the age of 79 on February 10, 2021. He was the first child born to Arthur J. Brager and Lucy Brager. He graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School and received his A.A. Degree in Business from Fresno City College. After graduating from Fresno City College, he joined the United States Army and served in San Francisco and Germany before returning to the United States to start a family and career. Butch began his career with Guarantee Savings & Loan holding positions of increasing responsibility before retiring at the age of 55 after over 30 years with Guarantee Savings.

He raised three children, David, Jeff and Jimmy, and was actively involved in their lives, and enjoyed attending their various sporting activities and important events. He was an avid softball player having played softball actively until the age of 72. He had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with his family and friends. He also had a love of collecting and we would even say “hoarding” many things such as baseball cards, coins, and antiques.

He is survived by his partner of 35+ years, Sue McCombs, and his three sons, David Brager and his wife Kerry along with their three children, Mason, Drew, and Layne Brager; Jeff Brager; Jimmy Brager and his wife Julie along with their two children, Wyatt and Weston Brager. He is also survived by his brother, Jim Brager and wife Linda, along with many cousins, nieces and a nephew.

Our family would like to thank Hinds Hospice for their care of our loved one during his final journey and ask that any remembrances be sent in his name to the Parkinson’s Foundation at 200 SE 1st Street, Ste 800, Miami, FL 33131 or Hinds Hospice at 2490 W. Shaw Ave, Ste 101, Fresno, CA 93711. A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on February 25, 2021 beginning at 9:00AM. The service will also be livestreamed through their website: holyspiritfresno.org. A private interment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.

Services

  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

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Mikayla Simone

February 25, 2021

Sue,
My prayers are with you and family during this time. I thank you and Butch for always making me feel welcome at those massive family gatherings early in my relationship with Tony.
All my love,
Mikayla Simone

Suzan Parsons

February 24, 2021

My sincere condolences to the entire Brager family. Sue, you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the sweet memories you have of Butch provide you comfort. Hugs my friend.

Jeff Krebs

February 24, 2021

Remember when you gave Robyn a tour of your "collection" which took most of the living space in the residence. Cabinet after cabinet with collectibles of unknown value. We were in awe at the collection. Art we will miss you and your pleasant personality. Rest in peace, enjoy softball in heaven, meet up with you again. Love Robyn & Jeff Krebs

Linda Miller Lee

February 23, 2021

Dear Sue..... I just learned of Butch’s passing, and I’m so very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. I miss our lunches and please reach out next time you’re on the coast. Hugs, Linda

Jim Andreotti

February 21, 2021

Sue I just read about Art in the paper.
I am truly about his passing.
Hope you are in good health and doing well

Walt & Pat Willems

February 20, 2021

What a great addition Art and Sue were to our Rock Steady Boxing family! Sue was "Johnny on the spot" whenever anyone needed help, not just Art. Both were always cheerful and were sorely missed when they could no longer be with us. Rest in peace, Art.

Kimberly Peracchi

February 19, 2021

To the Brager Family, I am so sorry to learn of your father's passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kim Simone Peracchi

Diane (Roth) Woody

February 14, 2021

Art's shy smile and wonderful laugh is what I remember of him during the Guarantee Savings days in downtown Fresno. So sorry to see of his passing; my love to his family and friends.

Bev Robinson

February 10, 2021

I was fortunate to work with Art at Guarantee Savings. He had such a great smile, a wonderful sparkle in his eyes, and a delightful attitude. It has been my honor to bump into him over the years.

Lots of love to Sue!

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