John "Jack" G. Braun, 72 of Rochester, MN died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Seasons Hospice House after a 16 month battle with lymphoma.
Jack was born May 23, 1945 to John and Veronica (Weyrauch) Braun in St. Cloud, MN. Jack graduated from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN and started working at IBM Rochester. From 1967 - 1969 Jack was drafted and served in Vietnam for the U.S. Army where he was awarded a Bronze Star. When he returned he continued working at IBM for the remainder of his career of 30 years. Jack married Laurie Dain at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester on June 23, 1979. After his retirement he would substitute teach in the area high schools. He enjoyed racquetball , downhill skiing, cooking, going to his children's sporting events and spending time with his family.
Jack is survived by his wife, Laurie of Rochester, MN; a daughter, Sarah (Randy) Ekenberg of Bloomington, MN; a son, Andy Braun of Rochester, MN; one grandson, Henry Ekenberg; a brother, Roger (LaVerne) Braun of Sartell, MN and a sister, Alice Kramer of Paris, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Resurrection (1600 11th Avenue SE) on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Rochester American Legion Post #92. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Seasons Hospice.
To leave a special memory or condolence please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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Laurie - I am so sorry for your loss. He was lucky to have such a wonderful wife. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Colette, Meadow Lakes Senior Living
I worked with Jack at IBM in the Procurement Dept. We traveled to suppliers together. He was a good fellow to work with, one of the good guys. So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that he was well respected and kind and pleasant as a fellow IBMer. Good Memories. Gene Treder
Lori, I am so sorry for your loss ♡♡ Peggy @ Edward Jones
Laurie and family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was shocked when seeing Thursday's Post Bulletin. Didn't know Jack was ill. Saw you, but not Jack, at the W&R appreciation mtg in December. Tonight I started reminiscing ......... IBM, volleyball, 1975 Traverski cycle trip to Madeline Island, 1978 cycle trip to Missouri and Arkansas. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Jack was a wonderful guy, and I am honored to have known him.
Laurie, Andy, and Sarah,
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband and father. It was such a privilege to be part of his care and get to know your family. I truly enjoyed our visits, and the unusual stubbornness of his lymphoma was heartbreaking for me too. I could tell he was an amazing man and wished I had known him before he got sick. I will never forget his incredible determination that was matched by the love and support of his family. Please know you are all in my prayers at this time.
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