William 'Bill' Braun

Monday, October 17, 2005

William "Bill" Braun, 69, of Le Mars, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at his home.

William Ray "Bill" Braun was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Le Mars, the son of Clarence and Myrtle (Schindel) Braun. He attended country school and graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1954. As a young man, Bill was a member of FFA and 4-H. As an adult, he was a charter member of the L and O Investment Club.

He was united in marriage to Liz Henrich in June 1957. She died Dec. 23, 1979. He later married Barbara Weber on Sept. 5, 1981.

Bill and his father owned the Skelly Station in Le Mars from 1957 to 1965. He then worked as a mechanic for several Chevrolet dealerships, including Hesse, Groetwold, Chuck Wood and Dick Morris, retiring in 1998 from Lynn Nuebel Chevrolet in Le Mars. During his retirement years, Bill enjoyed driving cars for Larry's Automotive in Merrill.

Bill loved Chevys, especially his little red S-10 pickup. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and following the success of Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Cubs fan. Bill enjoyed going deer hunting and tending to his vegetable garden. He also treasured his time with his family and friends and his trusty companion - his dog Missy.

Bill is a member of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ, Le Mars Eagles Club, and a social member of the Wasmer American Legion Post 241 of Le Mars.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Barbara of Le Mars; a daughter, Michele Wiersma and her husband, Shane Hill of Florida; his mother, Myrtle Braun of Le Mars; a sister, Betty Hesse of Le Mars; his mother-in-law, Evelyn Weber of Le Mars; brother in heart, Tony Brouillette and his wife Della of Le Mars; and his ever faithful dog Missy. Other survivors include brother-in-law, Denny Weber and his wife, Ellen of Council Bluffs; a niece, Sharon Russell and her husband, Tim and their children Stephen, Trevor, and Blake of Sergeant Bluff; nephews Alan Hesse of Massachusetts, Jeff and Jason Weber of Nebraska.

Bill was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Braun; his wife Liz in 1979; a brother-in-law, Marv Hesse; and his father-in-law Walter Weber.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Presbyterian United Church of Christ (858 Seventh Ave. S.E.) in Le Mars with the Rev. Drew Tomberlin officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at Memorial Cemetery. Visitations will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present after 6 p.m. Monday evening to greet friends followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Pallbearers will be Steve Schnepf, Doug Engel, Larry Molzen, Tim Molzen, Bob Gengler and Ken Rhodes.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland.

Online condolences may be viewed at www.carlsenfuneralhomes.com.