Charles Russell Braun, III

October 21, 1946 - December 29, 2019

Charles Russell Braun, III, of Strongsville OH and Cape Coral FL, passed away on December 29, 2019, at his home in Cape Coral.   He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on October 21, 1946, to the late Charles Russell, Jr. and Maxine Braun. 

He leaves behind his cherished wife of 41 years, Margaret Haller Braun; beloved son, Craig Alan Braun (Pamela Butkowski) of Dallas from his first marriage to Carolyn Sue Braun; sister, Kathy Fouts (Brian, deceased) of Willoughby; cousin, Phyllis Pink of Pittsburgh and canine pal, Tippie.  He is also remembered lovingly by his in-laws, several nieces and nephews and many friends.  After retiring from careers in sales and teaching, he was “livin’ the dream”.  A graduate of Brush High School and Ohio University, Charlie (AKA Chuck and Buddy) was an avid sports fan and officiated track, football and basketball for high school and college.  He was inducted into the Lake Erie Basketball Officials Association Hall of Fame. In addition, he officiated practices for the Cleveland Browns and served as part of their chain crew.  He was a boating enthusiast and a member of Lakeside Yacht Club, where a celebration of life will be held in the spring, following a memorial service and interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Twinsburg, OH.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cleveland Animal Protective League, 1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Therese M Melick Jan 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Chuck. I remember him fondly from working with him at Kaufman Container and some great times out on your boat. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family
    Terri Butler-Melick

  2. Sandy McLeod Jan 3, 2020 at 8:16 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. I bet him and Dan are catching up! You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs and love

  3. Phyllis Pink Jan 5, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Margaret and Kathy –
    I am so sorry. I share in your sadness. I adored my cousin Buddy. He entertained me with his huge personality from when we were kids until I last spoke with him. I hope he is at peace now.
    I love you photo choice. He loved his dogs. Tippie must be missing him as well.

  4. Randi Simkovich Jan 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Margaret, Chuck was a great guy, he always made me laugh with his dry sense of humor. A great friend to Gary and me. We will certainly miss him at our annual Christmas party. We’ll always remember our fun times on your boat with you and Chuck especially after James lost your googles.

    Randi and Gary Simkovich

  5. Jim and Sandy Schartman Jan 18, 2020 at 8:38 am

    I first met Charlie and Margaret more than 40 years ago. I had the privilege to officiate many games with Charlie over the years. Sandy and I also shared many life experiences with both of you. It was a privilege to do so. Charlie, you enriched our lives and you were taken far too soon, so abruptly. Rest easy and we will see you again before we know it. Until then, we will miss you. With love, Jim and Sandy.

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