Walter “Bus” Braun

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Walter C. “Bus” Braun, Jr., 92, of Belleville, IL, born February 15, 1927, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, November 28, 2019, in Anna, IL.

Before his retirement, Mr. Braun was the owner and operator of Bus Braun Realty Co. Later, he worked for Camelot Realty. In earlier days, he also owned the Belleville Pet Shop and local bars on Main Street in Belleville. Walter was an avid golfer and fisherman. Mr. Braun was a World War II United States Army Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. Sr., and Florence, nee Lauer, Braun; a daughter, Deborah Braun; a sister, Rita (Ed) Daniel; and four brothers, Howard (Sancy), Cyril (Helen), Ermin, and William Braun.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Ann C., nee Kegley, Braun, whom he married on August 26, 1978;
his children, Steve M. (Paula) Braun, Rebecca A. (Charles) Mangum,
Teresa D. (fiancé, Greg Bennett) Hoyt, and Joseph R. Jr. (Mary) Lamie;
eight grandchildren, Max Mangum, Ryan (fiancée, Kate Riley) Hoyt, Jack Lamie,
Sean Hoyt, Reid Lamie, Chris Mangum, Tommy (Rebecca) Mangum,
and Nicholas (Moria) Mangum;
a great-grandson, Leon Hoyt;
four sisters-in-law, Betty Braun, Mary Braun, Alma Hubble, and Rosemary (Ronnie) Poskas;
three brothers-in-law, Byron (Barbara) Kegley, Joe (Debra) Kegley, and Tom Kegley, Jr.;
and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many other relatives that all brought great joy to his life.

The family would like to give special thanks to the caring and loving staff of the Illinois Veterans’ Home of Anna, IL, for all of their compassion during Bus’ stay. They would also like to give special thanks to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Marion, IL, and to his caregivers, Alicia Heinemeyer, Eric Marlett, and Kawoun Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans’ Home of Anna, 792 North Main Street, Anna, IL, 62906, or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, December 2, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, December 2, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Fr. James Thomas officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



13 Comments on Walter “Bus” Braun

Jo Ann Berry said : Guest Report Dec 08, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Sorry to hear about Bus but not surprised. He had a long and happy life with you and it was a pleasure to know him.

  • OFallon
Daniel Fields said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2019 at 2:54 PM

Joe and Family, I am so very sorry for your family’s loss and I hope that in this time of grief you are all comforted in the celebration of a life well lived and well loved. Much love, and many prayers, to you all during this very difficult time. Sincerely, Daniel Fields

  • Saint Louis
  • MO
Lynn Hespen said : Guest Report Dec 03, 2019 at 4:25 AM

My condolences, Ann, to you and your family. Hadn't seen Bus for awhile but Joe and Mary kept us informed. You are in my prayers.

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Emma Johnson Gruener said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2019 at 9:22 PM

Wow, 41 years,. Where did that time go? Bob and I won't make that. I always enjoyed Buz's humor. I wish you the best Ann. Hope to see you soon.

  • St Louis
  • MO
BEVERLY Barr said : Guest Report Dec 02, 2019 at 11:43 AM

Deepest condolences and sympathy for the family.

  • Frostburg
  • MD
Stacey Williamson said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2019 at 4:30 AM

Dearest Mrs. Braun, I am so saddened by our loss of Bus. Although he was a man of few words, he had a thousand expressions that spoke volumes! His quick little smiles always made me laugh. All of us at the Veterans' home will miss him terribly. We will miss you too! Your sweet spirit and kindness will be remembered by everyone. We truly appreciated you always thinking of us with your yummy sweet treats. If you ever make it down tO Anna, please stop in and see us! May God Bless you and your family. Stacey Williamson

  • Olive Branch
  • IL
Linda and John Boyer said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2019 at 3:12 AM

Our sincerest condolences to brother-in-law Steven Braun and his family. Our prayers are with you during this journey. Love you ?

  • Cornelius
  • NC
Linda Erwin said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2019 at 12:37 AM

So sorry to hear about Bus. My brother in law Donnie Bennett was at Anna Veterans Home with Bus. Bus was so sweet and had a great smile for you when you talked to him. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Benton
  • Il
Susan and Kenneth Palucci said : Guest Report Dec 01, 2019 at 12:22 AM

So sorry for your loss, Bus has gone to a better place. Deepest sympathy, Ken and Sue Palucci.

  • Belleville
  • Ill
Royce Davis said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2019 at 6:18 PM

Dear Ann and family, my heartfelt sympathies are extended to you and your family. May you find strength during this time of bereavement. My prayers are with you and your family. Ronce Davis and Family

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Linda Williams said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2019 at 5:36 PM

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Sympathy to the entire family. Ron & Linda Williams & family.

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
John, Denise & Jake Kegley said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2019 at 4:54 PM

Sending Love, Thoughts & Prayers to your family!

  • Chilhowie
  • Virginia
Jim and Kelly Crump said : Guest Report Nov 30, 2019 at 3:11 PM

We are sorry for your loss. Prayers are sent for you and your family during this difficult time and grieving process.

  • Lebanon
  • IL

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