Neal E. Braun, age 87, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the church cemetery.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, from Noon to 2:00 P.M. at the church.
Military Honors by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Neal Eldon Braun was born on July 20, 1935, in Le Center, Minnesota. He was the son of Edward and Emma (Steiniegeweg) Braun. Neal was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth. He received his education in Le Center, Minnesota, and was a graduate of the Le Center High School Class of 1953. Neal furthered his education at Northwest TV and Electronics Trade School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Neal entered active military service in the United States Army on April 20, 1954, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, and served his country during the Korean War. He received an Honorable Discharge on April 2, 1956, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and achieved the rank of Private First Class.
On May 5, 1956, Neal was united in marriage to Sally Germscheid at the University of Minnesota Campus Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with four children, Chris, Sue, Jill, and Tom. Neal and Sally resided in St. Paul, Minnesota, Waseca Minnesota, and Faribault, Minnesota, and later moved to Hutchinson, Minnesota. They shared 66 years of marriage.
Neal was employed as an Electronic Technician for 35 years at 3M. Neal was a member of St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post #96. Jaycees, St. Anastasia Church Council, and St. Anastasia School Board. Neal also delivered meals for Meals on Wheels.
Neal was an avid sports fan and hockey dad. He spent many hours following his children and grandchildren in football, hockey, basketball, baseball, and even dance recitals with his granddaughters. Neal enjoyed golfing, biking, and vacationing in Destin, Florida. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends.
In June of 2022, when Neal needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. He passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the age of 87 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Neal is survived by his:
Wife, Sally Braun of Hutchinson, MN;
Children, Chris Braun and his wife, Suzanne of Darwin, MN,
Sue Keenan and her husband, Mike of Glencoe, MN,
Jill Gibson and her husband, Herb of Mahtomedi, MN,
Tom Braun of Darwin, MN;
Grandchildren, Stephanie Zajicek and her husband, Kyle, Jeff Keenan and his wife, Kate, Mitch Keenan and his wife, Kayla, Beau Braun and his special friend, Amanda, Alex Braun and her fiancé, Colin, Paige Gibson, Grant Gibson;
Great-grandchildren, Theodore, Harrison, Oliver, Claire Ann, Chase, Kyla Jo, and one on the way;
Sisters-in-law, Jeanie Braun and Kay Germscheid;
Brothers-in-law, Ed Germscheid and his wife, Ruth; Dr. Ken and Karen Heithoff;
Many other relatives and friends.
Neal is preceded in death by his Parents, Edward and Emma Braun; Siblings, Gene Braun, David (Kathleen) Braun, Virginia (Bob) Rethwill, and Carol (George) Welckle; Mother-in-law, Ethel Prochaska; Fathers-in-law, Peter Germscheid and Ike Prochaska; Brother-in-law, Bill Germscheid.
Eva M Coates says
A bigger than life presence and personality is how I fondly think of Mr. Braun. I’m certain that Neal made a difference in many lives, family and friends, and I join you all in feeling the loss as well as celebrating the life of this wonderful man. Sally, Chris, Sue, Jill and Tom, my heartfelt sympathies to you all. Rest In Peace Neal.
Mary Ann Kerkvliet says
Sally. I was saddened to read of Neal’s death. He will be remembered in my thoughts and prayers.
Peace and Gentle Blessings. Mary Ann Kerkvliet
Diana Klein says
Jill and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers and love
Carol Antony Bruhn says
I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Braun’s death. (or “Neal E.” as my mom used to call him.) He was one of the dad’s of my childhood – those group of neighborhood men that helped each other out, chatted on the street and helped make the neighborhood a great place grow up.
Losing the pillar of the family is a loss like no other, you are all in my prayers.
Lori Luke Lewis says
Hugs to the entire Braun family!! Your dad was an awesome man.
Walt and Lynne Clay says
Sally and Family,
Lynne and I are sorry for your lose of Neal but know is he is with our Lord, Fond memories of you both.
With our love and prayers.
Walt and Lynne Clay