Peter Herman Braun, Jr.
January 1, 1932 – March 30, 2019
Peter Herman Braun, Jr. was born in Westphalia, Michigan on January 1, 1932 to parents Peter Herman Braun and Elenora (Fandel) Braun. He passed away in Houston, Texas on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the age of 87.
Peter grew up in the small town of Fowler, Michigan, along with his eleven siblings. His fondest memory was helping his high school basketball team win the state championship his senior year. At the tender age of 19, Peter joined the United States Army. As a member of the 780th Artillery Battalion, he served in the Korean War from 1952-1954. He obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
After the war, Peter married Barbara Flower of Saint Johns, Michigan and moved to Chicago where he obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Chicago Tech. As his family blossomed, he enjoyed a long career in engineering until his retirement at the age of 70. Peter was a longtime member of St. Cecilia Catholic Community and an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Peter is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Barbara; his four daughters, Debbie and husband Seth Knight, Stephannie and husband Bob Isola, Michelle and husband Dave Corey, Lisa and husband Kevin Waller; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren, and his sister, Dolores Snitgen.
Family and friends will gather during a visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the chapel of Waltrip Funeral Directors, 1415 Campbell Road in Houston, where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the sanctuary of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, 11720 Joan of Arc, also in Houston. Following a brief reception at the church, graveside services will conclude at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, where military honors will be rendered by members of the United States Army and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards .
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the American Diabetes Association.
- Matt Janecek
- Josh Loyd
- Bobby Isola
- Dave Corey
- Kevin Waller
- Steve Rademaker
- American Diabetes Association
- Visitation Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- Rosary Service Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- Funeral Mass Thursday, April 4, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, April 4, 2019
Peter Herman Braun, Jr.
April 21, 2019
So sorry to hear about uncle Pete. It was always a treat when I got a chance to see him when he came to Fowler. One of my fondest memories was many years ago when the whole family was visiting my parents (Leon and Geraldine). I was just a teenager and we played cards and had a great time. It's too bad we lived so far away. Uncle Pete was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
April 3, 2019
Debbie, Seth, Jenny, Lindsey & entire Braun Family
Deb your Dad was a great Father & Grandfather. He was always so happy and never met a stranger. I can remember he and Rex having engineering discussions. And he loved Ashley like Jenny and was always so sweet to her. I know all of you will miss him dearly but He is in the Best Place Ever now. My love and prayers are with you and your family now and forever.
Love You Girlfriend, Sandra Andrews
April 2, 2019
Such a beautiful tribute of LOVE BEYOND WORDS to your father! I am so honored to have known your Dad! I remember you bringing your family to the Lakehouse Debbie for my cookie exchange and I got to know your Dad a little bit that day! This video of your memories is Priceless and I know you will cherish these sweet sweet moments you’ve all enjoyed with your wonderful father & grandfather with love forever! You are each so BLESSED to have this precious man in your lives for so long!
My prayers and love for each of you,
April 2, 2019
Michelle and family: I did not know your father but it was as if I was reading my dads obituary all over again. He was obviously a wonderful man and as each of you grieve in your own way remember all those great things that made life special. I live in Kingwood and would have come to the visitation but have to work. Please know your in my thoughts and prayers. Lovingly Lorelei Almand
Mindy Pung (Braun)
April 2, 2019
Every time Uncle Pete cane to visit my dad we would go to Hubbardston (kinda a rough, tough town) My dad would tell Pete he was the Mayor of Hubbardston. My dad would take his homemade horseradish up there to show off to Pete. He’d say “this is one time I don’t have to even throw a fist, to get them to cry” (it was that hot) they would have karoake up there and my dad loved it when I would sing and loved that Pete was right there listening. Uncle Pete would then say to me “Texas would like you”. Never really knew what that meant lol. But that was always his kind, gentle sole, making you feel good. You will be missed Uncle Pete but I know my dad will be damn happy to see you again.
Ronald peter Brown
April 1, 2019
Pete was my God Father. I’ll always remember the fun at the Braun family Christmas gatherings at Grandma and Grandpa house behind the bowling alley in Fowler. One of us kids were always going to get a booby prize from our Uncles. One year it was a box of whipping sticks they broke off a tree. Another year it was a rotten apple on a stick, wrapped up in a shoe box. Grandma would give us each a gift. One year it was a handkerchief . Always fun with Billy singing Rudolph the red nosed hound dog. You will be missed Uncle, but not forgotten. Love you much .