Kenneth J. Braun, 84, passed away at his home on July 28, 2020, following a brief illness. Kenny was born on June 5, 1936 to John James Braun and Emma Marie Braun in Dickinson, North Dakota. His younger sister, Marjorie Ann, was born on January 4, 1939. Kenny spent his early years at the family farm in North Dakota and his love of the farm life never left him. In 1948, the family relocated to Billings, Montana, where Kenny attended school and graduated from Billings Senior High in 1954. Kenny was a good athlete growing up, excelling in baseball. He played for Coach Bayne and the Billings Royals. As a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, he fulfilled a dream of seeing his Yankees play the Boston Red Soxs at the old Yankee Stadium. Kenny coached Little League for many years in Lockwood. As an adult, he enjoyed playing fastpitch softball and city league basketball.
In 1957, Kenny married Andrea Guy and four children were born out of their marriage, The family resided in farms outside of Billings, south of Livingston, and in the Huntley area. In addition to working the farms, Kenny was employed as a truck driver for Keebler Company. He was proud of his work as a Teamster and trucker. He retired in 1998 after over 30 years of employment with Keebler.
Kenny married Jeanette Frye in 1990 and they resided in Billings throughout their marriage. Kenny enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and watching his grandchildren participate in sporting competitions. He also enjoyed spirited debates concerning politics, sports, and world events.
Kenny was preceded in death by his parents and sister.
From Kenny’s first marriage, he is survived by his four children; John (Suzanne), Kevin (Sheryl), Tony (Gerri), and Danielle; his grandchildren Eric (Natalie), Mitchell (Cayla), Keifer, Carson, Ryan, Erin, Emma, and Jaden. He is also survived by three great grandchildren: Maxton, Mclain, and Valarie.
Kenny is also survived by his wife, Jeanette and her children: Bret (Star), Scott (Kristen), Wendi, Rawley, Leigh (Scott), and 12 step grandchildren. He and his (step) grandson, Sam, shared a wonderful relationship.
He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews who lovingly called him “Uncle Kenny”.
Kenny will be deeply missed by his wife Jeanette, friends, family, and his dog, Jake. The family wishes to extend its appreciation for Stillwater Hospice in providing comfort and care to Kenny during the last weeks of his life. The family would also like to thank Dr. Jeff Johnson for his care of Kenny over the past several years.
No services are currently planned apart from a small family gathering at one of his favorite fishing holes. This will happen at a later date.