ANN ARBOR — Carl A. Brauer Jr. died peacefully in Ann Arbor on Saturday, July 13, 2013. After walking with the Lord for his entire life he is now dwelling with him.
Carl was born Dec. 3, 1923, in Ann Arbor, to Pastor Carl A. Brauer Sr. and his wife, Alice.
Carl Jr. was married to Isabelle Schmidtke on June 24, 1945. They had four children, Carol (Schmidt), Charles, Janet (Ash/Ohanesian) and Richard. Charles preceded him in death in 1985, as did Isabelle in 2004, after nearly 60 years of marriage.
Carl was a lifelong member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He served there twice as president and on numerous committees throughout his membership there.
Carl graduated from the University of Michigan in 1945 with a B.S. in engineering and was in the Naval R.O.T.C. program there from 1943 to ‘45. He served in Guam.
Following a brief three years in engineering Carl began his career in real estate. He started in residential realty and formed his own brokerage company. In 1965 he formed the Brauer Development Company.
Carl was an active member in the Ann Arbor community serving in various capacities and on several committees and the city council. He was on the Board of Directors of the U of M Musical Society, Glacier Hills Nursing & Retirement Center and Valparaiso University.
Although Carl was gratified in and grateful for his many accomplishments his most lasting legacy is surely with his family. He and Isabelle lived very deliberately to create a close and loving family with bonds that have affected and included all of the generations to this day. The most important piece of that legacy being his strong and constant faith in the God of Scripture. Found among his papers and penned in his own hand was his “Life Goal - In response to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His overwhelming love, forgiveness, and blessings throughout my life, and consistent with the talents and abilities and opportunities He has given me, I want and strive to be a positive factor in the lives of others, so that they too will come to know and accept Him.”
All of Carl’s family and those who knew him say heartily to him, “Well done, Carl.”
He is survived by his three children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Donations may be given to a charity close to your heart or to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor.