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Donald L. Braun

Donald L. Braun, 78, of Hecker, IL, died March 6, 2021, in Creve Coeur. He was born November 16, 1942, in St. Louis, MO.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen Braun nee Kuhn they shared 58 years of marriage; children Kevin Braun, Dan (Sue) Braun, and Lisa (Buddy) McCarthy; grandchildren Josh (Stephanie) Braun, Justin (Lindsey) Braun, Kaitlyn (Rob) Furman, Cody (fiancé Abby Kern) McCarthy, Megan (special friend Mason Ingram) Wodochek, Ryan (special friend Emily Kinney) Wodochek, and Gavin Braun;  great grandchildren Audrey, Jake, Ben, Ellie, and Sydney. And, of course his four-legged best friend Ernie; brother Dale (Debbie) Braun; sisters Barb (Gene) Fetter and Jeanette (Steve) Sturgeon; nieces; nephews; and cousins

Donald was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Eleanor Braun, his mother
and Father-in-law Art and Louise Kuhn and brother David Braun.

He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Hecker, member of the Knights of Columbus, Hecker Fire Department, past President of the Hecker Community Center, and an Army Veteran.        

Don owned and operated his own business for years. After retiring he went to work for Weir Chevrolet as a parts driver. His hobbies ranged from trap shooting, racing cars, restoring his old car and he loved going to swap meets with his cousin Rich.

He was always the life of the party, making sure everyone was laughing. The phrase that best suits him “to be one of God’s Clowns is probably as good as being one of God’s Saints.”

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
St. Augustine Catholic Church

Memorial Mass will be held at a later date

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We are shocked and greatly saddened to hear of Don's passing. He will be greatly missed. Jerry Patterson, Patterson Auto, Modesto, IL

Jerry Patterson Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

He didn't try to be a class clown. He was just naturally funny.. He was a kind and caring person while being undeniably extremely COOL.

Richard Schmidt Mar 9 2021 12:00 AM

Deepest cobdolences to all members of the Braun families. Rememberkng many of the Brauns from grade school when Hecker was a smaller town.

Eileen Ruhmann/Curran Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

A shinning star is no longer amongst us; the world is just a little less bright without Donnie ...................

Dennis Killy Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Braun

Zipfel Charles Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Ill miss you Dad. Ill send you cookies. Xoxo

Brian Berghoefer Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

Big Red football games, club house, Oktoberfest, breakfast after the Oktoberfest, boating on the Kaskaskia River, New Years Eve wrestling in the living room (Kathy got mad at both of us that night), first time Lois met him he had no shirt on. My dads best friend. I will miss you my friend.

David Gregson Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM

He made millions of people laugh. Another angel to watch over us. God bless the family and friends. B

Barb Hill Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM