Naper — Thomas Carl Brauer, 71, of Naper died Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Spencer.

Private family services were held Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Naper. Rev. Samuel Crass officiated.

Public graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Naper. Military rights were provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8256 and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Masks and social distancing were required at all times.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Thomas was born Aug. 23, 1949, to Richard and Charlene (Dyer) Brauer. Tom was baptized in 1949 and confirmed in 1963 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Naper. 

While being raised with his seven siblings on a ranch north of Stuart, he not only learned the value of a hard day’s work but also to love and respect his family, country and most of all God. 

Tom graduated high school in 1967 at New Ulm, MN and after three years of college he joined the U.S. Army where he served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1973.

Tom married Sandra Flowers on Dec. 15, 1973, and together raised their five children.

For 30 years Tom did what he grew up loving, farming and ranching. In 2004 he started his trucking business, Brauer Trucking, and with the help of his youngest son Jacob, they managed to haul load after load over many highways and some good old dirt roads.

Tom was a loyal member of Naper’s VFW and was former commander.

Tom is survived by his loving wife Sandy; five children Brian Brauer of Fallbrook, CA, Gertrude “Trudy” (Craig) Mosel of Randolph, Kelly Tustin of Lincoln, Philip Brauer of Royce City, Texas and Jacob (Meg) Brauer of Naper; his mother Charlene Brauer; one brother Richard (Marilyn) Brauer; five sisters Pat (Glen) Frickel, Linda (Tom) Mundorf, Judy (Don) Schubauer, Margrete (Joel) Dirksen and Charla (Grant) Buldhaupt; three grandsons; six granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Brauer Sr., one brother Steve Brauer and an infant son Mathew.              

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