In 2004 Carl John Braun, Jr., was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he lived out a full and joyful life with his family until Wednesday, June 13, 2012 when he peacefully passed away at Heartland Healthcare Center in Plymouth. He was born on May 3, 1936 in Ann Arbor; he was the only child of Carl Sr. and Laura Braun.
He grew up on his family’s farm in Saline; in 1962 Carl met and married the love of his life, Betty Lou Alder. Shortly after being married, Carl and Betty welcomed their first and only daughter into the world, Barbara Jean Braun. She was born and raised in Saline. The newlywed couple and their new child had many memories of spending time with Betty’s twin sister Mary, her husband Leonard, and their three children on the Spiegelberg family farm in Grass Lake. Barbara is now married to Ronnie Cunningham, and has two daughters Samantha (22) and Melissa (17) who were beloved and cherished by Carl. Carl spent the later years of his life watching Tiger’s games on the couch with his beloved dog; an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier named Peanut Cunningham. He was predeceased by his wife Betty, who passed away in 2003.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at Robison-Bahnmiller Funeral Home in Saline with the Rev. Laura Speiran, officiating.