Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Paul Robert George Bratz
Service: March 9, 2016
Paul Robert George Bratz
Paul Robert George Bratz, age 86, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Marquardt Memorial Manor.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Schoeneck officiating. Family and friends may call at the Funeral Home from 9:00 am until the time of the service. Burial, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #189, will be conducted at Richwood Cemetery. Memorials to the family would be appreciated. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Paul was born on March 26, 1929 in Oconomowoc, the son of Paul and Ella (nee Behling) Bratz. He was baptized, confirmed and married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc. He was husband to (Carol) Margaret Ellsworth for 65 years. Together they raised eleven children. Paul served in the United States Marine Corp from February 4, 1946 until February 1948. He was a telephone switch board operator in Thinsing, China. Paul had a farm in the Ashippun area then later farmed in Clyman. Margaret and Paul then moved to Richwood. He retired from Dousman Sand and Gravel as a Heavy Equipment Operator. Prior, he had worked for Vulcan Materials. He belonged to Local 139 Operating Engineers. Paul was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Richwood. He was the President of the Richwood Softball Association. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Paul (Patti) Bratz; Rickie (Steph) Bratz; Danny (Peggy) Bratz; Donna (Tim) Stankey; Diane (Jerry) Bowman; Dale (Dawn) Bratz; Judy (Rod) Kuehl; Jayne (Mike) Budewitz; Sluggo (Staci) Bratz; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother, Robert Bratz; sister-in-law, Lois as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Ella; sons, John and Wayne in 1984; grandson, Gerald “Bucky” Bowman Jr.; sisters, Mary Maach and Gloria Faltersack as well as brothers, John and Edwin Bratz.
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