William Braun

July 4, 1939-May 10, 2019

William Braun, 79,

Minot, died on Friday,

May 10, 2019 in a Minot


William August “Bill”

Braun was born on July 4,

1939 in Minot to Max and

Edna (Reinke) Braun. He

was raised on a farm

northeast of Minot in

McKinley Township of

Ward County and attend-

ed McKinley Township

School prior to graduating

from Minot High School

in 1957. As a young adult

he was employed by Peter

Kiewitt Construction

Company. He entered the

U.S. Army in September

of 1958 and served in Ger-

many and at Fort Huachu-

ca, AZ where he was em-

ployed in the office of the

Post Commander. He re-

ceived his honorable

discharge in September of

1961 and returned to

Minot and was employed

at Westlie Motor Com-


William married Bar-

bara Larson on July 3,

1966 at Hope Lutheran

Church in Tonasket, WA.

They made their home in

Minot where Bill contin-

ued with Westlie Motor

Company in the parts

department. He retired in

2018 following 57 years.

Bill was an active

member of St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church where

he served as an Elder and

was a member of the

church choir. He especial-ly enjoyed reading, garden

produce, and relating to


Bill’s loving family in-

cludes: his wife of 52

years: Barbara; children:

Stephen (Ruth) Braun of

Spring Valley, CA, James

(Ethel) Braun of Detroit,

Jonathan (Angeles) Braun

of Jacksonville FL,

Timothy Braun of Grafton

and Elizabeth (Brady)

Sorensen of Minot;

grandchildren: Rachel

(Reo) Allen, Hannah,

Kara, Sonja, Vanessa,

Daniel and Jeremiah

Braun; siblings: Mariea

(Leonard) Nelson of Minot

and Marvin (Kathy) Braun

of Minneapolis and

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Bill was preceded in

death by: his parents and

siblings: Wilma Ebberson

and Robert “Bob” and Ber-

nard Braun and Lorraine


Funeral Service: Thurs-

day, May 16, 2019 at

11:00 a.m. in St. Paul’s

Lutheran Church, Minot.

Interment will be in Im-

manuel Lutheran

Cemetery, rural Minot.

Visitation: Wednesday

from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00

p.m. in Thomas Family

Funeral Home, Minot.

Memorials are preferred

to St. Paul’s Lutheran

Church, 2nd Story, Minot,

Lutheran Hour Radio Pro-

gram, or to the ND

Developmental Center in


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