Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charles Otto Braun, United States Marine Corps Veteran

Charles Otto Braun was born September 19, 1927 in Walburg, Texas.  He passed away January 24, 2010 in Georgetown, Texas.

Charles was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having proudly served his country from 1946 to 1948.  Once a Marine, always a Marine.  He was retired from the Texas Highway Department, the Texas Water Commission and the City of Round Rock Public Works.  He was a member of the American Legion serving as First Vice Commander and was retired from the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department serving from 1961 to 1986.

Charles loved to play dominoes, play softball and coach women’s softball, participating in chili cookoffs and he loved a good barbeque.  He was well known throughout Georgetown and Williamson County for his outgoing personality and his willingness to serve.

On January 28, over two dozen Patriot Guard Riders gathered at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Walburg to honor this member of the greatest generation.  A semi-circle  of American flags was formed at the entrance of the historic church to welcome the arriving family and many dear friends.

After the service the Riders rode in the procession, lead by a Georgetown fire truck, to the near by church cemetery.  There the Riders, again, formed a line of flags as final honors were rendered by a Honor Guard of the Georgetown Fire Department.  The flag which had covered the casket was folded into a tight triangle and presented to the family on behalf of the President of the United States.

A piper of the Georgetown Fire Department played “Amazing Grace”, and Charles was laid to rest next to his loving wife of 60 years, Emogene, as the angels softly wept.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters and two sons, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many dear friends.

Psalm 39:4-7 (Congregational Reading)

“Lord, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days;  let me know how fleeting my life is.  You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.   Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.  Surely everyone goes about like a shadow.  Surely for nothing they are in turmoil;  they heap up, and do not know who will gather.  And now, O Lord, what do I wait for?  My hope is in you.”

With thanks to Ramsey Funeral Home for biographical information.

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