Richard E. “Rich” Braun, 90, of Decatur, IN passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Adams Woodcrest. Richard was born in Decatur, IN, on November 24, 1928 to the late Martin G. and Margaret M. (Kreigel) Braun. On April 11, 1953, he married Catherine Ann Gass and after 24 years together she preceded him in death on October 31, 1977.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Seimetz Council 864, serving as a Past Grand Knight and for many years helped with various events and social functions
Richard served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 43. He worked as a printer for the Decatur Daily Democrat and Ft. Wayne Newspapers.
He is survived by 5 sons, Louie (Joan) Braun of Saratoga, WY, Marty (Julie) Braun of Grand Rapids, MI, Matt (Pat) Braun, Sam (Marsha) Braun and Pete (Sharon) Braun all of Decatur, IN; 2 daughters, Kink Butler and Bridget (Troy) Merkle both of Decatur, IN; 3 brothers, Robert (Pat), Roger and Paul (Fran) Braun; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Braun of Hudson, MI; 16 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren (1 on the way).
He was preceded in death by a son, Stuart A. Braun, a son-in-law, Bradley L. Butler, 3 brothers, Eugene, Art and Floyd “Sonny” Braun; 2 sisters, Marcyle Gibson and Honora Custer.
Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Adams Woodcrest Porter Auditorium, concluding with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will resume from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Dave Ruppert presiding. Burial will immediately follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.
Memorials may be made to Gibault Home for Boys, St. Joseph Catholic School or the American Legion Post 43.