Martin Braun Jr., 86, accountant, veteran

July 06, 2006

Martin Braun Jr., a retired accountant and World War II veteran, died of a heart attack Friday at his Catonsville home. He was 86.

Mr. Braun was born in Baltimore and raised on Monastery Avenue in Irvington. He was a 1937 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business in 1941 from Loyola College.

He enlisted that year in the Army Air Forces and served as a bombardier-navigator aboard B-25 bombers, based for part of the time in Italy and Sicily. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and earned a Purple Heart by the time of his 1945 discharge.

He was employed as an accountant at Rheem Manufacturing Co., maker of water heaters, until 1962 when he took a similar position at B. Green & Co., a wholesale grocery firm. He retired in 1982.

Mr. Braun was an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman.

He was a communicant of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St. in Ellicott City, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Margery Carter; two sons, Martin Braun III of Stevensville and John Charles Braun of Jackson, Miss.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth O'Herron of Newburgh, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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