James L. Braun

July 30, 1942July 23, 2013
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It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that the family announces the passing of their beloved James Braun on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. He passed at home comfortably napping in his favorite chair.

Though James (Jim to his friends) was a man of few words, his intentions always shone through in his actions and in his unfailing presence and stability in the lives of those he cared for. When it came to his children he was selfless, and the solid foundation he built for them served as a launching pad for them to follow their own loves, passions, and dreams to success. He was rightly proud of the hard work he invested in each of them. He had everything to give if they were on the right path, and through his actions, his children learned and developed a strong work ethic, loyalty, accountability, generosity, patience, and presence to their own children, whom he adored as well. Jim found a passion for exotic travel and culture later in his life. He was an avid reader, a thinker, and lifelong learner, passionately curious about the topics he found interest in. He also had quick wit and a unique sense of humor.

A loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, Jim will be greatly missed by his former wife and the mother of his children, Rose Braun of Oklahoma City, OK; sister, Doris "Dot" Oberle of Cape Girardeau, MO; daughter Barb Reynolds and husband Brian of Wylie, TX; daughter Christa Braun; son Matt Braun and wife Jo of Sacramento, CA; daughter Laura Braun and fiancé Milo Johnson of Oklahoma City, OK; and his grandchildren, Piper and Paige Reynolds; Zachary Hamdy; Hannah, Noah, Ian, Ella, Sofia, and Declan Braun; Zoe Slack, Isabel Braun, and Ben Ling; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Agnes Braun; brother, Glennon Braun; sister, Janet Ringwald; sister, Barbara West, brothers-in-law, Leroy “Rip” Oberle John Ringwald, and Robert West; sister-in-law, Pauline “Tudy” Braun, and nephews, Daniel Ringwald and Terry Oberle.


  • Visitation Friday, July 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 27, 2013

James L. Braun

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Mary Beth O'Reily

September 4, 2013

Know this is late. Sorry I missed the email. So sorry about the loss of Jim. Knew him in high school but sounds like he was quite a man, father and grandfather. Prayers for him and all.
Mary Beth Murney O'Reilly

August 1, 2013

This Brilliance
In loving Memory

The sun slides westward casting
long golden shadows;
night comes silently creeping.

Tears rise up filling stunned eyes.
Melancholy thoughts
take permanent residence.

One more day of minutes spent,
empty hours fading
into another twilight.

No protective shield in place
can soften this sharp
wound of solitary grief.

Eternal presence, recall,
inhabits shadow
as it inhabits sunlight.

I am only one rain drop
to your ocean now,
single star to your night sky.

Shall I deny you brilliance
by wishing this away?
Give me strength to hold such light.

Rose Braun

James Ringwald

July 29, 2013

I love all the old photographs. It brought back a lot of memories of Valley Park. I wish you and yours well through this difficult time. I don't envy the road you have to travel, but cherish the memories that arise during this period.

Mary Saputo

July 27, 2013

James must have been an incredible person because Krista and Mat are so lovely. Soory for your loss.
Mary Saputo

Rose Braun

July 26, 2013

You live forever now in our hearts. Thank you for the many gifts and memories you gave us. I am most especially grateful for our beautiful family. I know that you will be watching over us all. I hope you feel our love.

Chris Oberle

July 26, 2013

Really sorry to hear about your dad I have to work Saturday, so I will not be able to make it to Oklahoma. Robin and I are thinking about you and praying for you .

July 26, 2013

I remember the day Jim and I left for the army,on the bus from the cut rate drug store.
Jim and I spent our army hitch together all the way to the end,
We were high school classmates,and good friends,we'll miss you

Jim Donze

July 25, 2013

To Jim's family and friends go my thoughts and prayers at this time. We were classmates through high school, and in home room for all those 4 years. He was a lot of fun and a very nice guy. Rest in peace my friend!

Mary Jane Operle (Rogersville, MO.)

Linda and Michael Bante

July 25, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about Jim. We have lots of great memories of our family outings and adult outings in St. Louis when we all lived there. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time.

BJ Okenfuss

July 25, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to Jim's friends and family at this difficult time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.