Marvin F. Braun, age 95, of Norwood Young America, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, with his wife, Leona by his side, at his residence at The Harbor in Norwood Young America.
He was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Carver County, the son of Fred and Bertha (Lehrke) Braun. Marvin was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Young America with Pastor W.P. Kraemer officiating. He also attended St. John’s Lutheran School in Young America.
Marvin helped his father with their family farm until he married Leona Templin Dec. 15, 1942, at St. Paul’s E & R Church in Plato, with the Rev. Bunge officiating. Marvin passed away just seven days short of their 74th wedding anniversary. Their marriage was blessed with three sons, Daryl, Russell, and Lyle.
Marvin and Leona made their home on his uncle’s farm, four miles north of Young America for eight years, and then moved to a farm north of Plato. After 10 years in Plato, they returned to the farm north of Young America and farmed there until Marvin retired, moving to Young America in November of 1986.
Marvin loved farming and his cattle. Even in retirement, he continued to go to the farm each day to help his son with milking the cows until he was 85 years old, when the herd of cows was sold. Full retirement wasn’t part of Marvin’s life yet, as he continued to drive tractor until he was 93 years old and then finally did completely retire. Farming truly was Marvin’s life calling.
Marvin enjoyed fishing throughout his life and also playing cards, especially Sheephead. Many card games were played with the same group of good friends from the area for many years.
Dancing at local ballrooms was also a favorite pastime for Marvin and Leona.
In retirement, one of Marvin’s favorite pastimes was sitting on the bench in front of the house, just enjoying the weather, and having occasional chats with neighbors and people that happened by including the children from St. John’s Lutheran School.
Marvin’s grandchildren have many fond memories of time spent on the farm with their grandpa and the time he spent sunfish jiggle stick fishing with them or attending their baseball games. It was always a fun time for them to listen to grandpa relate experiences from his childhood. His great-grandchildren were a delight to him, always bringing a smile to his face. He so enjoyed the smiles and hugs from them.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 73 years, Leona; sons, Daryl (Sherry) Braun of Anaheim, CA, Russell (Sandy) Braun of Minnetonka, and Lyle (Marilyn) Braun of Young America; grandchildren Chad (Julia) Braun of Young America, Misty (Nathan) Bayerl of South Haven, Dennis (Kim) Braun of Waconia, and Stephanie Braun of NYA; step-grandchildren Wendy Robbins of Anaheim, CA, and Kristen (Keith) Konieczny of Roswell, GA; great-grandchildren Katie and Anna Braun, Henry and Audrey Bayerl, and Mira Braun; and step-grandchildren Kylie and Kacey Konieczny.
He is further survived by his sister, Arlene Olson of Waconia; brother Norman (Bonnie) Braun of Bromfield, CO; sister-in-law Carol Braun of Lakewood, CO; and brothers-in-law Roger Fruetel of Edina, and Omer Templin of Glencoe.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Bertha Braun; brothers Frederick and Orvin Braun; and sisters Hilma Kellermann, Erma Grimm, Elvira Jaskin, and Cordella Fruetel.
The funeral service took place Monday, Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at Church Of Peace in Norwood Young America with the Rev. Bob Haskins as officiant. Interment was in the Mau Memorial Cemetery in Norwood Young America.
There was visitation Sunday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, and also Monday at the church one hour prior to the funeral.
Serving as casket bearers were Chad and Julia Braun, Misty and Nathan Bayerl, Dennis and Kim Braun, and Stephanie Braun.