GOLDEN CITY-Services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church in Golden City for Joe Brauburger, 49, who died expectedly on Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. Pastors Alan Harp and Larry Garfield officiated. Burial was in Morehead Cemetery, east of Lamar.
Music was provided by Dorris Garfield, pianist. Pallbearers were Scott Brauburger, Wayne Kreissler, Jeff Nentrup, William Phipps, Jordan Phillips, Kenton Sullivan, Dean Sullivan and David White. Honorary pallbearers were Lyle Brauburger and Jack Sullivan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Gideon’s Bibles, in care of the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Danna Brauburger; his children, Lyle and Emily, both of the home; his mother, Velma Brauburger, Golden City; a brother, Scott, Carthage, and a niece, Rachael, also of Carthage.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle Wayne in 1958; a sister-in-law, Debbie Brauburger in 2003 and his father, William Brauburger in 2005.
Mr. Brauburger was born July 4, 1964, in Golden City, to Willard and Velma Brauburger. He spent his childhood running around on the farm his parents owned just outside of Golden City. As he grew older you could find him out in the field with his father, helping with the farming. He met his wife Danna while he was working as a cop. They got married Dec. 1, 1990 in Golden City.
After the birth of their children they moved to Nixa, where their children went to school. In this time Mr. Brauburger had gone from working as a computer forensics technician to a docent at the NRA Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops.
During his children’s high school years he became actively involved in teen Bible quizzes, where he soon was found to be an encourager and quick wit. He enjoyed photography and teaching, which he did for many years at OTC and Lawrence Photo. He especially enjoyed Saturday drives down back roads with his family. One of his last contributions was being an organ donor.