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Council Grove Christian Church
Thursday April 21st, 2022
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Ralph Gene Braun

Ralph Gene Braun, born June 8, 1934 to Theodore and Bertina Braun of Council Grove, Kansas, joined his wife Dorothy of 62 years and son David Paul in Heaven on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the age of 87. Ralph's life was characterized by his passion for God, ministry and teaching the Bible. He was known and dearly loved by his family, community, church, and friends around the world.

Ralph's friendship with his Savior began May 8, 1946, at Kelso Methodist Church, where he committed his life to Jesus at age 12, and later, at the age of 17, when on July 27, 1951 during a two week revival there, he answered the Lord's call and gave his life to ministry. He met his wife Dorothy, of Powell, Wyoming, at Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree and setting a wedding date for June of 1957, he continued his education at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned his Masters of Theology and where Dorothy later joined him as his wife as soon as she finished her BA at Northwestern. He was ordained on May 8, 1960 at Scofield Memorial Church in Dallas, TX. They pastored in ten churches during their lifetime, in Minnesota, Texas, Nebraska, Oregon, Iowa, and Kansas. The Brauns loved traveling and also spent time ministering in Alaska, Canada and a bit in Mexico. Ralph's heart for ministering to men led to a fruitful seminary training ministry in Brookings, Oregon during the heart of the Jesus movement. His messages were broadcast 300 miles out to sea, and he often joked about having taught the Bible in the North and South poles as his tapes made it all over the world.He authored An Old and New Testament Walk-Through the Bible which caught on like wildfire as Ralph traveled all over promoting home Bible studies and group participation to learn to think through the Bible. Ralph first drove a tractor by himself at age 8. In high school he was president of the FFA, received the honor of Star Farmer as a junior and a scholarship to K-State, which he gave up for the ministry. His farming background gave him a sincere appreciation for the agricultural, rural lifestyle, and he was thrilled to have his son in law Dan and grandson Matthew  Bacon farming his family homestead. He enjoyed exercise, biking even into his 80's. He collected many things but his first Oldsmobile purchase in 1952 began a 70 year love affair with Oldsmobiles, especially the Olds Toronado, which he fell head over heels for around the time of his son David's death, in 1966. He "collected" 16 Toronados, even encouraging his son Steve at age 15 to make his first car purchase a '66 Toronado, and for 50 years he wrote a "Front Wheeling with Toronado" column every month for the Journey With Olds Magazine. 

In January of 2021, Ralph's brush with death gave him a sense of being closer to heaven than earth, and a renewed vigor for family and ministry. He emphasized that he lived for three things, his family, teaching the word of God, and driving cars. He loved his family well, was an encouraging soul, and always prayed with them before saying good-byes. Psalm 90:12 was oft on his mind, "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." His family at Council Grove Christian Church loved him and his wife well, and made his latter years abundantly fulfilling. (Shalom) 

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, and his son David Paul. He is survived by his son Steven Braun (Cyndi) of Brookings, OR, and daughters Kim Bacon (Dan), Karen Jackson (James), and Mary Allen (Richard) of Council Grove, KS, as well as 22 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild on the way, and his sister Claire Winter (Wil) of Brookings, OR.

A memorial service honoring his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at the Council Grove Christian Church located at 106 West Main Street, Council Grove, KS. Flowers and donations may be sent to this location as well. The family requests that memorial donations be made either to the Ralph Braun Memorial (for a Jesus and Oldsmobile Ministry fund), or the Council Grove Christian Church.

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Met Ralph a few months ago, I bought his 67 Toronado show car and one of his 68 toronados, he was an awesome guy with some cool stories, I wish I had made it back up there to see him. Rest In Peace Ralph! I\'ll take good care of the cars!

Charlie Apr 29 2022 9:03 AM

Jesse Acosta
Evergrace Fellowship Church Everett WA

No man has had as big of an impact on my life as Ralph Gene Braun. I first met him in 1971 while he was pastoring, what was then known as the Berean Bible Church of Brookings. The odd combination of his light-hearted demeanor and dogmatism about what the Bible taught convinced me to delay my missionary career in South America and to come under his tutelage. In the summer of 1972, I brought my wife and baby daughter to Brookings, Oregon, to benefit from Ralph’s Bible teaching. That is when an era that changed my life began.
Ralph had a special knack of bringing an issue to simple clarity. Let me share a few of them.
1. He gave me my Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament (N.A. 2nd Edition) as a gift. Even though I wanted to pay him for the book, he refused payment and kept on telling me “It’s a gift. It’s called grace”. I will always treasure that memory; and not because of the book but because I got to see how grace works. It is not compromised by any effort, or merit of the recipient and it always points to the Giver.
2. On another occasion, I became conflicted on the issue of the ownership and possession of firearms. After an evening Bible class, I argued with Ralph in his office (in the new building) about the application of the 2nd Amendment. He simplified the whole matter to me in less than 5 minutes. He said, “Jesse, since you believe strongly that you have the spiritual gift of Pastor-Teacher, decide: Do you want a ministry or do you want a gun?” That settled the question for me.
3. On a third occasion, even when I thought that I had already experienced the happiest day of my life (when I was introduced to the congregation of my first church as “your pastor and mine”). He changed that. This happened about a year after I had left Brookings to pastor my first church in Rancho Capay California. The family and I returned to Brookings for a short visit and I was given the honor of teaching class one night. I taught from Psalm 55:6 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!...” Ralph came up to me after class and said that I had taught him some Bible. In his simple Kansas clarity, he gave me more than a compliment, he gave me an approval as a mentor does to his student.
4. Beyond this, Ralph brought me into a close bond with some of the most wonderful people that you would ever want to know. The list is much longer than what is presented to you now; but here it is.
a. Wil & Claire Winter and family
b. Virgil and Bonnie Frazier
c. Jordan Grant, my close friend
d. Tim & Judy Hoffmann
e. Larry & Kathy Hoffmann
f. Jean Hagen
g. Theresa Badger
h. Dean & Linda Bergquist
i. Lynn Richmond
j. Laura Stevens
k. George Leonard
l. Bert & Sandy Aronson
m. Zeke & Marie Alvarado
n. Jerry Conant
o. Rocky & Ginny Cummings (and extended family)
p. Daryl Babb
q. Bill & Linda Eller
r. John & Judy Jones (and their boys)
s. Larry & Nikki Hubbart
t. Helgi Hannesen
u. Guy & Laura Gislasson
v. Bill & Linda Berman
w. Cam & Pam Lyn
x. Ron & Judy McMurry
y. Mike & JoAnne Philipps
z. Bernie and Lynn Savant
aa. Arlen & Nelly Ragsdale
bb. Pat & Helen Coy
cc. Curt & Mary Fox
dd. Kent & Rexine Owens
ee. Gary & Tanya Scantlin
ff. Joe and Carolyn Schiavone
gg. Jim LeMasters
hh. Forest Mount
ii. Ken & Donna Hankins
jj. Emil & Evelyn Schmidt
kk. Dave & Carlene Schrank
ll. Russ & Mary Ann Shauver
mm. Ron Wallace
nn. Gary & Sonya Strahm
oo. Mark & Silvia Baker
pp. Stan & Sherie Smith
qq. Foss & Karen Willbanks
rr. Gary Young
ss. John & Linda Eichmann
These are just a few ( I ran out of alphabet) but there are a lot more.
Thank you Ralph, for your faithfulness to the Lord because it has brought forth much fruit in my life.

Jesse Acosta, Pastor-Teacher, Evergrace Fellowship Church, Everett WA Apr 22 2022 1:01 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the loss of Ralph. He is so missed by all who knew him. May God comfort each of you with His great love.

Ken & Shirley McClintock Apr 22 2022 3:06 AM

My wife and I rejoice at Ralph's eternal life promotion. I first met Ralph in 1968 when visiting my brother and his wife in Brookings, Oregon. Ralph came to Three Hills, Alberta Canada to visit some of the youth of his church that attended PBI. My wife and I moved to Brookings in 1970 and we part of his ministry until 1978. Ralph would "stop in" on his many cross-country road trips when we ministered in Prescott, AZ. He would also become a valuable speaker and teacher for our summer Bible camps in the Tama-Toledo Iowa area. I shall always remember his laugh, love for the Lord and His Word. He had a very positive impact on our lives. Until we meet again, rest in peace because I know that Lord will use him for a one-thousand-year ministry in the Millennial kingdom. Our prayers continue for comfort and encouragement for the entire family.

Larry and Kathleen Hofmann Apr 20 2022 1:07 AM

Ralph was my pastor from 1972-1981 in Brookings, Oregon. He and Dorothy set the example of how the grace of God would empower us to have courage to live the Christian way of life. The many lunches we shared at the Ship Ashore Restaurant over the border into California was a time of truly understanding the heart of a pastor who believed and practiced what he taught about knowing God the Father in Heaven in an intimate way....that proved to be essential in passing the tests of this life, and recovering from any failure. The past 5 years I was able to see Ralph and Dorothy at the apartment. The last few years Ralph and I could drive to the farm and around the community, always reflecting on the faithfulness of God with anticipation to see how younger men were going to fulfill the ministry of grace and “go further in effective teaching of grace and truth than himself”.
Having many, many visits by phone on so many subjects in the last year, it became apparent in March that Ralph wanted a new body to replace his failing one. He was “cheerily” hanging on..... The morning of April 7th I called expecting to hear Ralph’s voice. Yet, the Voice of God called him to his eternal home. The doctrine Ralph taught regarding Dying Grace flooded my soul after the brief call. Those truths Ralph taught us by example, was a source of comfort, knowing we will meet again.
Tetelestai Xapis Phileo
My friend
Dean Bergquist

Dean Bergquist Apr 19 2022 7:42 PM

It was a Blessing to know Ralph and be under his teaching. I wonder if he ever finished his book on The Father? See you when I go home Ralph.

Nelsene Beck Apr 19 2022 6:21 PM

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Homer Paulson Apr 19 2022 1:41 PM

A photo was added for Ralph Gene Braun

Homer Paulson Apr 19 2022 1:22 PM

Ralph was a Giant among men in the area of Theology, application of doctrine to life, and mentoring men for the ministry. We were under his ministry for three years in Brookings and twenty more years while in the field. I am indebted to him for his faithfulness, love, and leadership. My heart rejouces that he is with His heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with his family.
Ron and Judy McMurray

Ron McMurray Apr 18 2022 9:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ralph Braun

Doris Sievers Apr 15 2022 1:09 AM

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