The Port Arthur News
Funeral Mass for Richard “Nick” Braun, 79, of Chesterfield, MO., and Lake Conroe, Texas, was held December 19, 2011, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Conroe, Texas, with Father Philip Wilhite officiating. A graveside service in Nacogdoches was conducted by Father James Roland from Sacred Heart Church. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Pallbearers were Richard Braun III, Donald Noot Jr., Kyle Wade, Dan Barnett, Pierre Huon, and Benoit Huon.
Nick Braun was born March 31, 1932, in Port Arthur, Texas, to Richard Theodore Braun and Mary Martha Lawless. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and entered the University of Notre Dame, his father’s alma mater, on a naval scholarship. There he received a B.S. degree in Commerce in 1954 and was a member of the Naval ROTC and the gymnastics team. At graduation, he entered flight training in Pensacola, Florida, and was stationed at Boca Chita Naval Base in Key West and later at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was an all-weather jet fighter pilot flying the F3H Demon in squadron VF-31. Lt. Braun was discharged in 1958.
Nick married Starr Davis from Nacogdoches July 28, 1956. He worked in Dallas, Texas, for Olin-Matheison Chemical Corp. as regional manager of the aluminum division and moved to St. Louis, MO., when that division was bought by Conalco, later Consolidated Aluminum, where he became a corporate vice president. After retirement, Nick worked a decade on the board of Environcare of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Surviving Nick are his wife, Starr; daughters, Elizabeth Starr Huon of St. Louis, MO, Helen Martha McFerron of Branson, MO., Claire Nicole Noot of Houston, Texas; and son, Richard Braun III of The Woodlands, Texas; one sister, Gretchen Elizabeth Stewart of Houston; ten grandchildren, Pierre Huon, Ashley Noot Barnett, Benoit Huon, Lindsay Noot Wade, Marie Starr Huon, Matthieu Huon, James McFerron, Danielle Noot, Paul McFerron and Luke McFerron. In Houston, Texas, he is survived by seven nieces and five nephews. Another sister, Mary McSherry, preceded him in death.
Donations are greatly appreciated to Baylor Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, 6550 Fannin St., Suite 1801, Houston, Texas 77030, c/o Dr. Jankovic.