Frederick Ernest Braun


Frederick Braun, 96, passed away of natural causes on Jan. 9, 2019, at his home in Alameda. Fred was born in Toledo, Ohio, on June 5, 1922, to Ernest and Margaret (Schmitt) Braun. He graduated from Woodward High School in 1940.

Seeking work at the Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS), Fred moved to California in 1943. There he met and married Anne M. McCollum in 1944. They shared 67 years of marriage together before her death in 2012. Together they had four children.

Fred was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving in 1944 and received an honorable medical discharge.

Fred accomplished much in his life. He attended the first industrial engineering training class at the NAS. He went on to develop a revolutionary approach to work measurement. He led an initial team of five who further advanced the system that was ultimately adopted by the Navy, Army, Boeing and United Airlines.

He was well known around Alameda as the man who started the Alameda Penny Market at the Island Auto Movie in 1962. With his wife, he managed the Penny Market until 1994. At the same time he, Anne and son Richard, authentically restored a four-story Victorian-era house on Pacific Avenue. He always said it was the house of his dreams. 
He was an avid collector and enjoyed accumulating antique cars and toys, toy trains, historical firearms and military memorabilia.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, wife Anne, brother Bill and son-in-law Monnie. He is survived by his children: J. and wife Beth, Cheryl, Robert, and Richard and partner Christine; four grandchildren: Trevor Braun, Tristan Braun, Ashley Murdock (Ryan), Jillian Kloter (Michael); and two great-grandchildren, Hudson and Lincoln Kloter.

A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alameda Funeral and Cremation Services Chapel, 1415 Oak St., Alameda. Interment will be private. 

For further information contact Harry W. Greer, funeral director (FDR-745).