Ted departed from this life on June 20, 2023 and is now reunited with his precious wife, Jerrie. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Clara Brauer; sisters Elma Cooley, Ester Haynes, and Anna Warnke; brothers Albert, Robert, Bernhard, and Emanuel; wife of 57 years, Jerrie. He is survived by his children Ray Brauer and wife Kim; Tiffany Wren and husband Chris; grandchildren, Kacie Carter and husband Austin, Connor Brauer, Carson Brauer, Brittany Wren, and Benjamin Wren; great-granddaughter Blakely Carter; brother-in-law Jack Marsh and wife Jean and their sons John and Jeff.
Ted was a 1955 graduate of Classen High School. He served two years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He attended college at Central State University and Oklahoma City University. He maintained lifelong friendships with his high school graduating class and served on the Classen High Class of 55 Reunion Committee. For most of his career he worked in logistics. He retired as the Midwest Regional Manager from Wilsey Bennett Company where he facilitated the transport of dairy products and flowers over a ten-state area.
Ted lived in the Windsor Hills neighborhood for 55 years. He and his friend and neighbor John Buzan started an annual 4th of July Windsor Blvd pig roast which became an annual tradition for 35 years. He and John have been friends for over 55 years. Most evenings you would find them in Ted’s garage solving the world’s problems over a cold one. Ted was the best neighbor anyone could have. He welcomed everyone and his neighbors could always depend on him if they were in need.
Ted loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was always willing to lend a hand or give advice if the grandkids needed help with a project or a question about anything; he spent many hours in his garage building things with them.
Ted had a passion for cooking. He was a master with the smoker and barbecue. He even created his own original “Ted’s Bar B Cue Sauce” which was in high demand by his family, co-workers, and friends. His smoked ham was a staple at family gatherings and he always gifted smoked cheese to his loved ones at the holidays.
Ted was a great storyteller. His friends and family enjoyed listening to his stories which usually ended with his infectious laugh. His family hopes you will cherish his life with them by sharing any stories you may have.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Oklahoma City Community Foundation, Classen ’55 Scholars Fund, PO Box 1146 73101-1146 or online giving firstname.lastname@example.org.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 10:00 AM at Buchanan Funeral Service, 8712 N Council Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73132.