John Frank Brauner

John Frank Brauner and his dog, Scarlett

John Frank Brauner passed away peacefully during the early morning hours of June 16, 2024 at the Columbus Health and Rehab Center. He was born on April 14, 1937 in Black River Falls to John and Mary Brauner, the youngest of 7 children.

He enlisted in the US Army and served from 1955 – 1957. Upon returning home, he worked at the Wisconsin Gas Company until his retirement from the same in 1994. He married DeLayne Joy (Affeldt) Brauner on December 4, 1965. They have two children, Kenneth Robert, born in 1966, and Anthony Joseph, born in 1969.

John was also a volunteer firefighter with the Adams County Fire Department, working his way through the ranks to Battalion Chief.

He enjoyed gun rifle season; watching NASCAR and INDY car racing; spending time with his family ~ especially visiting the township of Irving and Soupbone Road, where he was raised; pontoon boating on Castle Rock Lake; car and truck shopping; spending time on his hunting land in Adams and enjoying the company of one very special ruffed grouse, who he affectionately named Patti; driving laps through town, and over the last few years, going on car rides with his son Anthony; and sharing his home with numerous cats and dogs through the years.

John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers John Brauner and Robert Brauner, sisters Marie Garber, Lillian Stetzer, Helen Brauner and Mildred Hutchins; and dear friends Bud and Lillian Goggins.

He is survived by DeLayne Brauner; sons Kenneth (Melissa Jacobson) Brauner and Anthony (Dawn) Brauner; grandchildren Gavin Brauner and Alexis and Dalton Brauner; numerous nephews and nieces; and his beloved golden retriever, Scarlett.

Memorial services will be 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th, 2024 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Friendship, Wisconsin. Father David Bruener will officiate. Visitation will be prior to the service on Wednesday at the Church from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Military Honors will be provided by the Adams County Honor Guard.

The family would like to thank the staff at Our House Assisted Living in Portage, Wisconsin, Columbus Health and Rehab in Columbus, Wisconsin, Bristol Hospice Care, and Roseberry Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to donate to your local humane society or to Alzheimer’s research in John’s name.

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  1. Anne Organ says:

    Sorry for your loss. John will be missed. Anne and Norbert Organ

  2. Gordon/Marie Whitemarsh says:

    Very sorry to see that John has passed away, he was a great guy always enjoyed talking to him, he was one of a kind, he will be missed, did not know he came from such a big family, sincere condolences to his family.

  3. Jeannie Hilson says:

    Sorry for the loss of John. Had lots of fun with him over the past 20 years. Glad to be a part of his life.

  4. Joel Willman says:

    So very sorry for your families loss! Many prayers and condolences to the rest of family and friends.

  5. David Leigh says:

    Ken, AJ awnd family, I’m so sorry for your loss. John was a friend and coworker. It was always a fun day when John and I were working together. I always enjoyed spending time with John. I’ll always remember the laughs we had. Again, my deepest condolences to all of John’s family.

  6. Mary Rehak says:

    Kenny and AJ,
    John and I are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always so kind to us. We have many fond memories of him down at the boat yard and when he could he would drop by with his faithful companions just to check on us. Take care of each other, I’m sure your memories will fill your void.

  7. Jim and Sandy Braun says:

    AJ and Kenny, so sorry for your loss. John was the best friend a guy could want. He was kind and giving to go along with his great sense of humor. Many great times with him. RIP John

  8. Terry Sebero says:

    Kenny&AJ, sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. John was a such a fun person. Keep your many memories always. David was always good friends with John, they always were, shall we say, up to no good! That being said will put a little smile on your face, in spite of this sadness. God bless.🙏🙏🙏

  9. Lori(Lamont)mills says:

    So sorry for your loss

  10. Barb (Klein) Drake says:

    Ken I’m so sorry to hear about your dad, he brought light and a smile to everyone’s life he touched.

  11. Alan and Tammy Babcock says:

    Kenny AJ
    We are so sorry to hear about your dad he was a great guy and raised you two amazing boys. You made him proud. Thinking of you guys in this difficult time.

  12. Robin Fell & Sheila Smedbron says:

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your father Kenny & A.J. It was a privilege knowing John, he will never be forgotten in our hearts and our memories.
    Aah Boss!

  13. Tammy Pieper says:

    Ken and family I give you my condolences. Your in my prayers and thoughts at this time.

  14. Danielle Pollex-Rabl says:

    Kenny & AJ & families…. We go back 40 years, maybe further with our parents. We are thinking of you and lift you up in prayer.💙

  15. Chuck and Barb (Larson) Dehmlow says:

    Kenny, so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincere condolences.

  16. Burt & Holly Robertson says:

    AJ & Kenny,
    I’m so sorry for John’s death and your loss. He was always such a character and a great friend to my dad for so many years.
    I’m sure John, Tom, and others are having a great time together, looking down on us all.
    If you guys need anything, please let us know.

  17. Sally M Winchester says:

    So sorry for your loss Kenny, AJ and family! John was truly a one of a kind, good friend, so fun to work with at 4-Season’s. He was always making people smile and laugh. We enjoyed the boat rides and lunch trips. So many fun/fond memories of this man. Sadness will become happy memories of this Great Man/ Legend…RIP MY JOHNNY!!!

  18. Maria and Anthony Iemma says:

    So sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. Tim and Dave Schwarz says:

    Ken and AJ we are sorry for your loss, your dad will be missed by all, from seeing that white gas truck in the driveway to walking into mom and dads house and see him visiting with Bobbert LOL. We grew up with your dad being around all the time and will miss him.

  20. Dennis&Judy Allen says:

    AJ and Kenny, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a very special man, he was always friendly and willing to help anyone, usually with his great smile. Let all of your great memories comfort you and he will be forever watching over you. A great man!
    Dennis and Judy Allen

  21. Tim & Cathy Whitford says:

    Ken & family-We are thinking of you during this time. 💙

  22. Kori (Moran) Nawrot says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Lot of memories growing up on Pierce St with him and your family.

  23. Mike J Brogan says:

    My condolences to the Brauner family for your loss.

  24. Valerie Mecklenburg says:

    To all Family, friends & everyone who knew Johnny & loved him. hugs 🙏. heartbreaking to hear of this. such a wonderful caring man. my heart breaks with you all. he lives on in many hearts with all the memories of him. 🙏❤

  25. Becky Kirsenlohr says:

    My heart goes out to the family. We all grew up together and Pa was a hoot to have when he came to visit the bakery. His smile will be greatly missed.

  26. Tim Flanery says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  27. Jim and Ardy Olson says:

    Ken, AJ and family, sorry for your loss!

  28. Timothy D. Schmitt says:

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John was a great man, friend and patron of my bar & restaurant (T.D.’s Trapline Food and Spirits). He will be greatly missed!!!

  29. Daniel Pare says:

    Kaye and I are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. AJ and Ken, your mom and dad were so very kind to me and my family growing up. I spent allot of time in my younger years at the Brauner household, which were some of the best memories of my childhood. John always gave me a big old smile when he’d see me, and always asked me how I was doing (usually getting into mischief with AJ). Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. God bless you John. RIP.

  30. Bonnie Hall says:

    Sorry for your loss!

  31. Lori Ward says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy.

  32. Bob Davis says:

    Very sorry for your loss Ken.

  33. Gary Henningsen says:

    So sorry to hear this, a great man, a great person, I always looked up to,no words can express my sympathy

  34. Paul Breene says:

    Ken and AJ and families, my deepest condolences.

  35. Mona says:

    I’m sorry to hear your dad has passed on. Hugs to both of you 💙

  36. Melvin and Annette Waller says:

    Sorry for your loss

  37. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our sympathy to John’s family. He was a good neighbor and friend.

  38. Corinne Lloyd says:

    Love you guys 🩷 Thinking of all of you, he lived a good, long life:) Much Love to you all. We planning on coming to Celebration of Life, on that Sat Cuz.

  39. Nancy Fanning says:

    Ken, AJ, and family so sorry to hear of your dads passing. John was one of a kind with one of the biggest hearts toward family, friends, and animals. I know he will be missed, I feel lucky for getting the honor to cross paths with him.

  40. LISA GURECKI says:

    Kenny & AJ and families,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. John was such a great guy. Always made me smile when i saw him.
    He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to all of you.

  41. Roxanne Buchanan says:

    I was fortunate enough to grow up in a neighborhood that included John. So many wonderful memories! He was so great to my parents. He always called me just {Scott). I’ll miss running in to him. He was a legend in Adams County! Rest in peace John and know you are so l0ved!

  42. Donna & Dan DeFosse, Sr. says:

    So sorry for your families loss. He was one of a kind. Prayers🙏🏼 to All.

  43. Patti Rhinehart says:

    Ken and family— Deepest sympathy to all!

  44. Cindy Babcock says:

    Kenny and AJ and family, my heart goes out to all of you. Our condolences to everyone. What a sweet man. 🤗

  45. Scott and Becky Pease says:

    Ken and AJ my condolences on your dad’s passing. The Adams community will miss his many contributions. RIP.

  46. Michael T Clark says:

    So sorry for your family’s loss…..

  47. Deborah Antoniak says:

    My condolences to the family. Lots of fond memories.

  48. Penny Sellhausen says:

    So sorry for your loss

  49. Peggy Wormet Sleeman says:

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. Always enjoyed seeing your dad.
    RIP John.

  50. Rock says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this news .. my Heart & Prayers go out to the family !! ❤️

  51. Mike n Paula Fenner says:

    Kenny, AJ and family we are so sorry for you loss!! You dad was one of a kind so giving and caring about everyone always checking to see if anyone needed anything!!! He will be missed but cherish the memories and good times you both had with your dad!!!!! ❤️❤️

  52. Peg Lecy says:

    I’m so sorry on your loss