Ralph William Braun
Founder and CEO of The Braun Corporation, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013 in Winamac Indiana. He was 72.
Ralph was born on December 18, 1940 to Joseph J. and Olive M. Braun in Winamac, IN. He was a pioneer in the mobility industry, struggling with SMA from a young age. Today his company has grown into a world-wide corporation, with its headquarters still based in Winamac, IN.
Ralph Braun's survivors include his wife of eight years, Melody, his children Cherie (Paul) Braun-Diaz, Todd (Amy) Braun, Brent Braun, Drew (Lisa) Braun, Melissa (Nathan) Dennis, and eight grandchildren Nathan and Alison Diaz, Brittney and Brady Braun, Quentin, Justin, and Caitlin Haley, Lindy Dennis, and one sister Joan Heath. Braun was preceded in death by his father Joseph J. Braun in 1986 and mother Olive M. Freeman Braun in 2012.
Ralph was a loving father, dedicated husband and wonderful friend to many. As a recipient of many awards and honors, he was awarded the "Champion of Change" from The White House in 2012. He was also honored with the Support of the Guard and Reserves Patriot Award. This award was for his dedicated support and flexibility offered to employees serving in the military. Ralph's most recent award was from the Adaptive Driving Alliance for being a leader and pioneer for mobility products. Braun was a life-long model airplane enthusiast and member of the Winamac Aero Modelers Club. His contributions to the Winamac, IN community are too numerous to mention.
Friends may call at St. Peter's Catholic Church, in Winamac, IN on Thursday February 14th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST and on Friday February 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church, in Winamac, IN on Saturday February 16th at Noon. Entombment will be at St. Peter's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Ralph Braun Foundation at P.O. Box 310, Winamac, IN 46996. The foundation assists the disabled population with purchasing mobility equipment.