Marvin Braasch

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Marvin E. Braasch, 84, of New Athens, IL, born June 6, 1939, in Princeton, IL, died Monday, November 6, 2023, at Mercy South Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Marvin was a graduate from Dakota High School in Princeton, IL. He attended the University of Illinois, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science and biology. Marvin later attended the University of Kansas, earning his doctorate degree in Philosophy.  He went on to be professor at Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL, for 30 years. He was credited with discovering several different species of fish. Marvin loved to travel, especially to the Andes Mountains in South America.

Preceding him in death was his parents, Eugene and Dorothy, nee Pierce, Braasch; his twin sister, Maxine (Stephen) Moore; and sister-in-law, Marie Braasch.

He is survived by his brother, Jerry Braasch; five nephews and one niece; Stephen R. (Lynn) Moore Jr., Ronald L. (Karen) Moore, Terry L. (Lisa) Moore, Lori A. (Mike) Reed, and Brian S. (Danielle) Moore; and his dear friends and neighbors, Tony Stephens, Alex Stephens, and Mike Marlen.

Memorials may be made to the Belleville Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

According to Marvin’s wishes cremation services were held.

Burial will be held at a later date.


3 Comments on Marvin Braasch

Jim Balough said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2023 at 3:51 PM

Mr. Braasch was a kind and generous man. The 1970-71 Belleville Area College Dutchman basketball team considered Mr. Braasch a friend, a mentor and an assistant coach. He always had time to discuss biology class work with you. Mr. Braasch embodied what an excellent college professor should have - a passion for teaching and compassion for his students.

  • Overland Park
  • Kansas
Ellyn M Hebden said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2023 at 3:08 PM

So sad to hear of Marv's passing. He was a part of our family for many, many years, sharing holidays and so many other both special and ordinary days. He lived a good life and gave of his time and talents to others. I am certain he will be greatly missed.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Richard L Mayden said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 4:13 PM

Sad to hear of Mar's passing. He was a great friend for many years. I met him as a student at was then known as Bellville Area College. We shared many interests and pursued birding and later freshwater fishes of North America. He introduced me to birding and the area of systematic ichthyology (study of fishes), and biodiversity. I ended up pursuing a career as a systematic ichthyologist beginning in 1976 when I attended the University of Illinois. I later moved on to SIU Carbondale for further studies and received my Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1985, During this whole time Marvin and I talked about the discipline, had some good times, and published papers together. In this pursuit it soon became clear to me that Marvin was one of the most knowledgable and wisest of those practicing in this field. While Marvin decided to teach rather than pursue research it was clear in our discussions and publications that he could have had a great career in this academic area. However, in many ways I am so happy that he selected teaching as his chosen path. He was a brilliant guy with a great heart and helped so many people. Thank you Marvin for being my teacher and fantastic mentor!

  • Ballwin
  • MO

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