Joe M. Braun, 90, formerly of Carson ND, died August 6, 2015 in his home at Edgewood Vista in Bismarck ND.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Bismarck VFW Post #1326 and American Legion Post #45.
Visitation will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home in Mandan, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 pm followed by a Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Joe was born on November 19, 1924 to Martin and Frances (Helfrich) Braun in Richardton, ND. He attended St. Mary’s and Assumption Abby schools in Richardton. Joe enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and served until 1946. He served as a mine sweeper in the South Pacific. He also served in the Naval Reserve until 1950. Joe enrolled in I.C.S. Electrical School and started his electrical career. Joe married Micky Golde on October 5, 1948 in Mandan, ND.
Joe’s work took them to various cities from North Dakota to Denver, Colorado and back to North Dakota. In 1960, after receiving his Masters License he started his own electrical business, Braun Electric, also owning a restaurant and mobile home park. He remained in the electrical business until 2004, retiring at the age of 80. Joe was very civic minded and a community leader. He was the first president of the Carson Rural Fire Department, District Wildlife Director, President of the Elgin Wildlife Club, Mayor, and sat on numerous boards including City Council President for the City of Carson, Grant County Resource District, Southwest Joint Water Board, Southwest Water Authority Board, and North Dakota Water Users Board of Directors. The use and conservation of water was very important to Joe. He was a member of the Elgin Lions Club, Carson Lions Club, America Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, The Boy Scouts and the 4-H Club. Joe received many honors in his life including the 4-H Award of Honor, Governor’s Leadership Award and the North Dakota Water Wheel Award.
Joe enjoyed hunting and fishing, but most important to him was his family. He loved family gatherings at his lake home. He adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the light of his life.
Joe will be deeply missed by his wife of 66 years, Micky, Elm Crest Manor, New Salem, ND; daughter, Sandy (Jim) Dressler, Las Vegas, NV; sons, Ron (Bernadette), Northwood, ND, Wayne (Becci) and Gary (Cheryl) both of New Salem, ND; 10 grandchildren, Bobby Jo, Aaron, Darin, Bonnie, Myles, Crystal, Jesse, Kristin, Carrie and Cammie; 35 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann Olson, Mandan, ND and LaVina (Fran) Forester, Bismarck, ND; brother, Matt Brown, Glendive, MT and sisters-in-law, Lorrene Brown, Bismarck, ND and Jeanette Kaelberer, New Salem, ND.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters and great-grandson, Jamison Braun.