Frederick Paul Brauer

02/03/1929 — 04/04/2014

From Richland, WA, Us | Born in Long Beach, CA

Frederick Paul Brauer

Frederick Paul Brauer passed away peacefully at the Hospice House on Friday April 4, 2014. He was born February 3, 1929 to Pauline and Frederick August Brauer in Long Beach, CA. His mother died after a long illness during his childhood. She would have been extremely proud of her son and the man he became. Dad was knowledgeable about many things and was our "walking encyclopedia" before the internet. Dad was generous with his time, money and talents. He was dependable, selfless, hardworking, honest and never criticized others. He knew he did the best he could in life and assumed others were doing the same with their life. Fred was a man of faith and science. In addition to his Lutheran schooling he had an early interest in physics and chemistry. He considered himself a "lucky man" to have found a career in nuclear science, the field he was passionate about. Fred was proud of his UC Berkeley education and to have studied with some great minds of his time.

Fred met Kay, the love of his life, at the University Lutheran Chapel in Berkeley and they were married there on January 27, 1951. Immediately after graduation they left California and moved to Richland Washington to work for General Electric on the Hanford Reservation. Dad was employed by G.E. until 1965 and then employed by Battelle Northwest from 1965 until his retirement in 1994. He was a Senior Nuclear Research Scientist for the majority of his career. He continued to work part-time for Battelle until 1999. Fred and Kay celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this past January.

During his retirement years Fred became a Master Gardener and happily cared for his backyard of flowering plants. Fred was a member of the American Chemical Society, the Richland Kiwanis Club, Richland Lutheran Church, and was a docent at CHREST. He took great joy in his role as a docent as he loved to share his knowledge of Hanford with the museum guests. He had the ability to present information at their level of interest and understanding. Dad gave us many gifts throughout his life and one of the most memorable were the vacations he arranged for the family every summer. Our favorite vacations were camping at Ohanapecosh and the Olympic Peninsula, driving to California to visit relatives and the California sites and traveling to many of the western national parks. In Dad's later years he enjoyed frequent vacation trips to Hawaii. He would spend much of his time reading on the lanai with a view of the ocean.

Fred is survived by his beloved wife Kay Brauer, children, Gail Konopik, Gina Begalka and her husband Brad, and Greg Brauer. He has three grandchildren, Margi McDevitt and her husband Travis, Teresa Begalka and Thomas Begalka and one great-grandson, Lewis McDevitt. He is also survived by his sister Dorothy Hasbrouck and her husband Don and step-brother Jim Hopkins.

Our lives will never be the same without you Dad. We promise to take good care of Mom and live by the high standards you lived in your life. Thank you for your gift of being our husband, dad, grandpa and friend. We love you.

A graveside inurnment service will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 915 the By-Pass highway in Richland on Saturday April 12th at 3:00 in the afternoon. Following the service the Brauer family invites you to the home of Gina and Brad Begalka, 2005 Howell Ave. in Richland to share memories and honor Fred's life.

Our family gives thanks to the Hospice House and staff for their much needed support and care for Fred. We ask that donations be made to Hospice in memory of Fred.

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  • Each time I met Fred Brauer I was impressed by what a caring, interesting, and humble man he was. The combination of his faith and his dedication to his family and his life’s work made him a most exceptional man. His life was surely a blessing to all who knew him.

    Margi and Dave
    November 4, 2014
    Gig, Harbor, WA, USA
  • The world is a sadder place with the knowledge that Fred is no longer here.

    Like a candle, his smile and chuckle always brought light into our lives. Nick and I are very sad and wish to send our love to all of his family and friends who are missing him. I would like to say that he was a wonderful asset to the CREHST Museum and made every visitor leave the museum a better person. All of the staff and volunteers loved the interaction they had with him. Please accept our condolences. We are sorry we are so far away in England and will not be there with you to give you our love. Take heart in the knowledge that you shared his life. Love Ellen & Nick Low

    Nick & Ellen Low
    November 4, 2014
    Lincoln, -, Other, -, England,, United, Kingdom
  • It was with great sorrow that I read Fred’s obituary in the Tri-City Herald on Wednesday. I first met Fred when interviewing for a job with General Electric in Richland, Washington in April, 1962. We had one thing in common – both of us took high school chemistry from the same instructor, Mr. Voisard, at Wilson High School in Long Beach, California. Fred was a mentor and co-worker during my years at GE and Battelle-Northwest. My condolences to Kay and to his children Gail, Gina, and Greg. He will be missed.

    Jim Kaye

    James H. Kaye
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, United, States