Alphons H. Braun age 97, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2006, at Traverse County Care Center in Wheaton, Minnesota. Funeral services will be held Monday, at 10:30 AM at the Ave Maria Catholic Church in Wheaton. Fr. Stanley Wieser officiated. Burial was at Wildwood Cemetery in Wheaton. Al Braun was born October 30, 1908 to Hubert Braun and Mary Lohaus of Humphrey, Nebraska. Al was the last born child of 16 children to Hubert Braun and the 8th child for Mary Lohaus Braun. Al married Cora Magsamen on August 18, 1931 at St. Mary's Church in Humphrey, Nebraska. Cora preceded Al to our Lord on November 30, 1996. From this reunion there are five living children, Helen Hagle of Blaine, Minnesota, Mark Braun of Milwaukee Oregon, Melvin Braun of Hillsboro, Oregon, Ray Braun of Forest Grove, Oregon and Aloy (Joe) Braun of Bellevue, Washington. Al and Cora were blessed with 24 Grandchildren, 43 Great-grandchildren, and 8 Great-Great-grandchildren. After their marriage, Al and Cora started their farming life in Humphrey, Nebraska. In 1936 they Continued farming by moving to Guelph, North Dakota. In 1950 Al and Cora purchased a 200-acre farm north of Wheaton, there they farmed until the mid 70's. Retiring from farming they did some traveling by travel trailer and motor home. They traveled the southern states in the winter and returned back to Wheaton in the summer. After several years of traveling they purchased a home and lived by their sons in Cornelius, Oregon for 13 years. In the late 80's they moved back to Wheaton and purchased a home uptown near the food market. Al was a Township Officer in Minnesota for 18 years and a member of the Farm Bureau. He loved going for rides into the country looking at the crops, especially during the harvest season. In 1998 Al moved into Praireview Place in Wheaton, where he enjoyed visiting and playing cards with fellow residents. He moved into the Traverse County Care Center in 2004. Living at the care center he felt at home. There, he always enjoyed making comments with the Care Center staff as he strolled the halls and struck up conversations with fellow residents. As an avid baseball fan, he enjoyed watching the Twins. He would also enjoy having friends over on Monday & Thursdays nights to watch pro wrestling. He had a love for his family, enjoyed their visits, especially the grandchildren. Everyone who had contact with Al can recall one of his witty comments; this will be missed by his family and the care center staff. Al was preceded in death by his parents, wife, four grandchildren, and son-in-law: Harold Hagle.
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