Gary A. Braun

September 24, 1953 ~ August 13, 2012 (age 58)

The Mass of Christian Burial for Gary A. Braun, 58, of Stewartville, MN will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with Fr. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Burial with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion will follow at Zion Lutheran Church’s cemetery in rural Dexter, MN. Mr. Braun died on Monday, August 13, 2012 at his home following a brief illness with cancer.

Gary Allen Braun was born September 24, 1953 in Austin, MN to Daniel and Marietta (Janning) Braun. He grew up in Adams, MN where he attended Sacred Heart Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Adams High School in 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving overseas in Vietnam and was stationed in Norfolk, VA aboard the U.S.S. America. He was discharged in 1975 as a machinist’s mate. He returned to the Rochester area where he was employed at Stauffer Chemical and then at AMPI both in Rochester, MN. Gary was married on May 13, 1978 at Evanger Lutheran Church in rural Sargeant, MN to Carol Bungum. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Dodge Center for 10 years and Rochester for 7 years before moving to Stewartville in 1995 where they have continued to make their home. Gary has been an Olmsted County employee for the past 26 years and was currently a maintenance supervisor at the Olmsted County Waste to Energy Facility in Rochester. Carol was a homemaker and daycare provider in their home before completing her teaching degree at Winona State in 1995 and has been a teacher in the Rochester area. Gary was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church where he was active as an usher and in its Men’s Club. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Rochester and Local #49 of the Teamsters in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, home projects, woodworking, stained glass and was able to fix most anything. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife – Carol and their 3 daughters - Rebekah (Matthew) Lennon and grandchildren –Thomas and Alexandria of Rochester/ Holly (Kevin) Griffin and grandchildren Mary and Liam of rural Rochester and Natalie (Kelly) Schreiner of Columbus, OH/ his parents – Daniel and Marietta Braun of Adams, MN/ 2 sisters and 2 brothers – Robert (Jane) Braun of St. Paul/ Kevin (Lori) Braun of Phoenix, AZ/ Shirley (Rodney) Miller of Leroy, MN/ Laurie (Gerald) Reich of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and a niece, Kayla Koch.

Friends may call from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Stewartville with the rosary at 3:30 P.M, a prayer service at 7:00 P.M, and visitation, 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Saturday morning.

Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H. in Stewartville.

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