Born: December 16, 1944 - Deceased: February 15, 2023
Gerald D. Braun passed away February 15th 2023 at Banner-University Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
He was born December 16th 1944 to the late Walter and Elaine (Slezak) Braun. He married Jeanette (Schaefer) on June 28th, 1968.
Gerald graduated from Cathedral High School in 1962. A few days after graduation he entered into the Air Force where he served from 1962-1965. He later attended SIUE for accounting. Gerald was the President of the Braun Automotive Group, which consisted of Braun Auto Electric, BASCO Auto Parts, Braun Bros., and Air Cooled Engines. Braun Automotive was a family business started in 1940. Numerous Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers, Sisters, Children, and Cousins worked for and helped run the business for 50+ years.
Gerald’s favorite part of life was his dedication to his sons and auto racing. He spent most weekends loading up the family van and trailer to travel the country racing quarter midgets, micros, and midgets. If the family wasn’t racing he was probably at a race track promoting the business and or helping others. He held numerous positions under Southern Illinois Quarter Midget Racing Association. Which is known as Metro St. Louis Quarter Midget Association today. He served as President, Treasurer, Trainer, and Mentor. He also was on the Board of the St. Louis Auto Racing Fan Club throughout the years.
Prior to children he was an avid golfer and loved to ride his Harley Davidson. He retired to Cottonwood, Arizona where he loved to ask us back here in St. Louis how the weather was. He would then send a picture of the sun and mountains in his backyard. In retirement he still chased checkered flags and volunteered with various race teams. His favorite event was always being at Chili Bowl with the Robbins family. He volunteered at the VA and local Hospital. He lived, laughed, and loved his years in Cottonwood, Az. There he met his end of life partner Nancy Mayhew and her family.
In addition to his end of life partner Nancy Mayhew, he is survived by his son Garett (Chrissea) Braun, and four grandchildren Gracie and Carter Braun and Allison and Katelyn Hallstead. His sisters Cynthia (Braun) Kolakowski and Sandra Braun and many numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife of 49 years Jeanette Braun, and his son Ryan Braun.
Memorials may be made to St Louis Auto Racing Fan Club.
Visitation: Visitation from 9:30 -10:30 am, Monday March 20th, 2023 at Our Lady of Queen of Peace Church in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am, on Monday, March 20th, 2023 at Our Lady of Queen of Peace Church in Belleville, IL with Rev. Matt Elie officiating. Interment with Military Rites at 12:30 pm at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.