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William H. Braun

William H. Braun, age 88, of Columbus, Ohio died December 25, 2020 at The Forum at Knightsbridge following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born on June 16, 1932 in Sidney, Ohio, the son of the late Harold Braun and Dorothy Grilliot.  On July 5, 1954, he married Marilyn M. Overman at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  Together they shared 66 years.  William is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sister, Janet Moritz; children, David (Nancy) Braun, Ann (Doug) Pardi, Donald (Cindy) Braun, and Linda (Mike) Borelli; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothy; and his sister, Betty Potts.  William grew up in Sidney, Ohio, but spent most of his life in Columbus, Ohio.  He also lived in Frankfurt, Germany for three years and San Juan, Puerto Rico for two years.  He enjoyed exploring new places and traveled extensively through Europe and the United States.  For over twenty-five years, he and Marilyn wintered in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  William served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1951 – 1954 and was honorably discharged as a Sonarman.  He then enrolled at The Ohio State University and graduated with a Business Degree.  William worked in various IT and Finance roles during his career, retiring from Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio after 35 years of service.  William was a longtime parishioner at the St. Brendan Catholic Church.  He was a member of the Columbus Maennerchor, where he very much enjoyed singing in the choir.  Beyond enjoying choir singing, William’s passion was playing tennis.  He was always ready for a game of tennis and even built a tennis court in his backyard.  William kept in great shape and frequently went to the gym.  He was an Ohio State Buckeye sports fan and his son, Don, played football for the Scarlet and Gray.  He had fun spending time with his children and grandchildren.  William will be dearly missed by his friends and family.  Thank you to the caretakers at the Forum at Knightsbridge and Capital City Hospice for taking such good care of him in his final years and days.  When the time comes, William will be buried with his wife, Marilyn.  Please make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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  • John Irwin says:


    I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. I suspect he was a fellow Nationwider back in-the-day at 246.

    Please accept my deepest condolences

    With sympathy,


  • Gloria Rose says:

    Thank you for leveling me take care of father. He was a good men..

  • Julie Fino says:

    Dave & Nancy,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your father. Cherish the memories.

    Julie & Frank Fino

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