Russel I. Bratt
1924 - 2019
Russell I. Bratt, 95, passed away in Pompano Beach, FL on Feb. 15, 2019. He was born on Jan. 13, 1924 in Minneapolis, MN. He attended the University of Minnesota College of Engineering and was a member of the Tau Beta and University Honor Societies. Upon graduation Russell served as an officer in the US Navy. After his service in the US Navy he attended the University of France Grenoble on the G.I. Bill. He settled in Milwaukee, WI where he married Laura Hipke. They had three children, William Bratt, Linda Bratt Johnson and Jonathan Bratt. Russell built a thriving pump company, Scot Pump, and expanded that business to include Karak Machine and Weil Pump. In the 1980's he married JoAnna Richardson from Milwaukee. They moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They travelled extensively to Europe and to Moscow with the Hydraulic Institute . When asked why he did not accompany his wife to Antarctica an employee replied "Well you can't sell pumps to penguins." Russell also enjoyed boating and was a member of the Navy League. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
Published by Sun-Sentinel on Feb. 24, 2019.
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Rest In Peace Russ! Thank you for being a mentor and for the opportunities to work for/with you.
Every day was an adventure!
Bryan Harter
August 28, 2019
My first job out of college was for Russell, guy was a legend.
Joe Cosk
June 11, 2019
nicholas tholl
March 13, 2019
My condolence to the family of Russel, he was truly an amazing Elder to the Egret home at John Knox Village. Russel was very dear to my heart and he will be sadly missed. Whenever I spoke to him and he would say something to uplift my spirit, I would say, "That's my Russel". Russel, you have brighten or days in so many ways and you will never be forgotten.
March 13, 2019
so very sorry,enjoyed are time with them in Florida
april kramer
March 7, 2019
nicholas tholl
February 26, 2019
For Russell's family please accept my condolences for your loss. Others who knew and worked with Russell had great respect for his knowledge and talents in business. Being a successful self made businessman he was always a tough negotiator. I respected him for it. Personally, our interactions always taught me something that I could do better. Russell will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace.
Peter White
February 26, 2019
I am incredibly sorry for your loss, my sincere condolences. May you always cherish the memories that you've had with your loved one. Remember God's promise at Jeremiah 29:11,12 this will give the family the comfort they all need during this time of grief.
February 25, 2019
Russell Bratt, Having met and shared in the last months of your life, you brought a smile to my face in days when time seemed to slip away. When I"d let you know, I"d have to go now, you would often say, "you're always running but promise me that you"ll come back and check on me" Kiddo. Sincere condolence to wife Joanna and the children
Marcia Ballentine
February 25, 2019
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