Gerald "Gerry" Braun, 84, Hays, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 7, 1930, in Vincent to Daniel J. and Helen (Dreiling) Braun. He attended Vincent Grade School and Victoria High School.
He married Wilma Marie Klaus on Aug. 9, 1954, in Antonino. They would have been married 60 years in August. He was an auto mechanic at James Motor Co. for 34 years and later worked at Midwest Energy until his retirement in 1993.
He was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on Aug. 1, 1951. He served 14 months in Korea, returning in July 1953. He then served for six years in the Marine Corps Reserves and honorably was discharged in 1959.
He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church since its start, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, the Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 and the Hays Marine Corps League. He was active with the VFW Honor Guard until earlier this year when his health forced him to stop. He was a member of the IHM Building and Renovation Committee since 1995, was a Eucharistic minister and helped set up and serve at all of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church funerals.
He enjoyed his volunteer work at his church, fixing things, being a mechanic, handyman, took pride in his yard, enjoyed woodworking, traveling and spending time with friends, family and his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Jim Braun and wife, Debbie, Hays; a daughter, Joann Werth and husband, LeRoy Werth Jr., Hays; a sister, Delores McMillin and husband, John, Hays; two stepbrothers, Harold and Howard Linenberger; a sister-in-law, Linda Braun; seven grandchildren, Renae Unrein and husband, Lance, Jason Braun and Andrea Braun, all of Wichita, Ericka Hammons and husband, Stephen, Nashville, Tenn., Ashley Kennedy, Gavin Braun and Peyton Werth, all of Hays; and eight great-grandchildren, Macy Unrein, Miley Unrein, Bryce Hammons, Clay Hammons, Emma Hammons, Kaycie Kennedy, Zoey Braun and Quin Braun.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donald Braun; and a stepbrother, Alfred Burdell Linenberger.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 1805 Vine; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military honors by Hays VFW and Marine Corps League.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine.
A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 6 p.m. Friday, a vigil will be at 6:30 p.m., followed by a combined Third and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m., all at the funeral home. The Bishop Cunningham Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the building fund at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.