Ward J. Braby, age 88, of West Monroe Street, Port Washington, WI died unexpectedly Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at his home.
He was born on May 3, 1929; son of Wilbert and Jessie Sanford Braby in Port Washington. A graduate of Port Washington High School-Class of 1947, Ward took a job at Simplicity Manufacturing Company in Port Washington soon thereafter. For over 47 years, Ward took great pride as an employee there until his retirement as a Assembly Lead Man.
On May 4, 1957, Ward married Joan E. Bichler, also of Port Washington, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. She preceded him in death on July 14, 2009.
A faithful and strong family man, Ward always seemed to have an evening job. He had done janitorial work for the former Port Washington Savings and Loan, Thomas Jefferson Middle School and for Ozaukee County Administration/Courthouse and the current Justice Center for many years.
Ward was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430 for many years. Some might remember him for his early hour swimming at Thomas Jefferson Middle School pool or his neighborhood walks with his canine pal Beatrice.
He is survived by his daughters Jean (Mark) Jacoby of the Town of Erin and Joanne (Dave) Dahm of Belgium; eight grandchildren Lauren (Daniel) Rakowski, Alyssa (Shane) Alloway, Shannon (Joe Heisler) Jacoby, Christopher (Kaitlyn) Braby, Ryan (Cesie), Matthew (Bianca), Sarah and Danielle Dahm, great-grandchildren Tyler, Cole and Jaxen Rakowski and Raegan Dahm; brother-in-law Harlan Meins of Port Washington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ward is preceded in death by his wife Joan, his sons James “Jim” and William “Bill” Braby, his sister Nancy Meins and his brothers Foster, Merle and Gordon Braby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 7PM, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at St. John XXIII Parish-St. Peter of Alcantara Chapel, 1802 N. Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, WI. The Reverend Patrick Wendt will be the celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington. Family will receive relatives and friends from 4-7PM Wednesday AT CHURCH prior to Mass.
Memorials are appreciated.
POOLE FUNERAL HOME/Crematory, Port Washington, WI assisting the family. Information and condolences at www.poolefh.com or 262/284-4431.