ROGER J. BRAFFRoger J. Braff, 83, of Duluth died Tuesday, Nov.
Roger J. Braff, 83, of Duluth died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 at St. Luke's Hospice, surrounded by his family.
Roger was born April 29, 1925 in Duluth to John and Gina Braff.
He was a member of Duluth Central High School class of 1943. Roger served in the 8th Air force in Europe as a radar mechanic. After the war, Roger married Marian Mell and they raised four children. Roger worked on the Arrowhead Bridge, at Otis Magie Gustafson Insurance and retired after 13 years as a bridge operator of the Aerial Lift Bridge.
Roger was a member of Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon and elder; member and past president of the Morningside Community Club, member of VFW Post 173, volunteered at Miller Dwan Hospital and was twice nominated for the Duluth Hall of Fame. Roger was active in the Boy Scouts of America for 67 years. He was a member, past president, executive board member and council commissioner of the Lake Superior Council of the BSA (now known as the Voyageurs Area Council, BSA), received the God and Service Award BSA, Silver Beaver BSA in 1969, District Award of Merit, Silver Scout Award, Scouter's Key, Wood Badge member BSA, Scoutmaster Troop 9 for 13 years, Scoutmaster World Jamboree in Japan in 1971, Assistant Scoutmaster and Staff at National Jamboree in Idaho and he received the Order of the Arrow, Nahak Lodge from the BSA. In memory of Roger and his sense of humor, tell a friend your favorite joke.
Roger is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 63 years, Marian; his daughter, Claudia J. (Lou) Gehrig of Champlin, Minn.; his sons, Allan R. Braff of Duluth, Douglas J. (Becky) Braff of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Robert J. (Cindy) Braff of Ely, Minn.; grandchildren, Scott (Sue), Amy (Tom), Micki (Gary), Benjamin, Caleb, Rachel and Emily; two great grandchildren; brothers, John A. (Gwen) Braff of Minnetonka, Minn., and Robert W. (Margie) Braff of Gainesville, Ga.
VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Dougherty Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to the 2 p.m. service Saturday, Nov. 29, in Glen Avon Presbyterian Church, followed by Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Voyageurs Area Council, BSA or Glen Avon Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by the Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E 2nd St. (218) 727-3555.