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 Gailen William Braun

Gailen William Braun

Breckenridge, Wilkin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 13 Jul 2000 (aged 78)
Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 49445895 · View Source
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Born on 6 October 1921 in Breckenridge, MN; Gailen was the oldest of three children born to William Fredrick & Jesse L. (Clemons) Braun

On 15 October 1940, having completed three years of high school in Kenosha, WI, he enlisted in the U.S Army to serve with a specialty of field artillery. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before discharge.

Eldest son, Patrick shared: "My father, Gailen W. Braun fought in WW-II in France and Germany in the U.S. Army. When he was discharged, he was granted a GED in recognition to his medals and service to his country. (He had lied about his age and joined a cavalry division at age 17.) He went to Racine-Kenosha County Teachers College in Union Grove, WI on the GI Bill. He had married my mother, Marilyn Frances Olson before he was sent overseas and I was born 1/13/45. He was in a foxhole at the time and he remembered his lieutenant braving enemy fire to bring him the news of my birth. When Dad finished teachers college (a two-year program), he taught all eight grades in a one room school between Union Grove and Racine, WI. He went on to teach in bigger schools, earned his Bachelors' and Master's degrees attending school during summers and nights while raising eight children, and was a school principal for many years retiring at age 62. His example prompted five of his eight children (Patrick, Pamela, Randall, Robin, & Mary) to go into the field of education."

"My father was also active in Scouting. He was both a Cubmaster and Scoutmaster in Union Grove, WI in the 1950's. Again, his interest/passion was passed down and we have four Eagle Scouts in the family; sons Patrick Fredrick Braun and Randal George Braun, plus grandsons Michael Gailen Braun and, Jordan Lee Braun."

On 26 August 1943, Gailen married Marilyn Frances Olson at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Racine, WI (with Rev. Richard J. Schaefer officiating); Gailen was age 21, Marilyn was 19. Born 18 August 1924 in Racine, WI, she was the oldest of three children born to George Frederick & Frances Marcella (Mogensen) Olson.

Gailen died from congestive heart failure and complications of diabetes on 13 July 2000 at his home in Union Grove, WI at the age of 78.

-o- Patrick Fredrick (1945-___)
-o- Pamela Ann (1946-2000)
-o- Barbara Lynn (1949-___)
-o- William Gailen (1950___)
-o- Jacquilyn Mary (1953-___)
-o- Randal George (1954-___)
-o- Robin Lee (1956-___)
-o- Mary Frances (1959-___)

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  • Maintained by: Peter Joseph ('PJ') Braun
  • Originally Created by: Jackie & Ralph
  • Added: 8 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49445895
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gailen William Braun (6 Oct 1921–13 Jul 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49445895, citing Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Peter Joseph ('PJ') Braun (contributor 46869838) .