Philip L. Braatz

Philip L. Braatz, 81, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, July 26, 2013.

Phil is survived by his sons, Douglas (Polly) Braatz and David Braatz; grandchildren, Derek (Tracy) Braatz, Stephanie (Henry) Uselman, and Alexander and Annie Braatz; greatgrandchildren, Kodie, Roman and Benjamin; sisters, Delores Johnson, Katherine Schemm and Joan (Eugene) Klauer; and brothers, Roy Braatz and Lawrence (Rose) Braatz. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dolores; parents, Louis and Evelyn Braatz; sister, Mildred Kloth; and twin brother John Braatz.

Phil was a deputy with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and a police officer with the Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police Department and the Town of Summit Police Department. He retired from Cooper Power of Waukesha. After retirement, Phil worked as a bagger at Sentry Foods and a driver at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield. He served in the U.S. Army and was a proud Korean War veteran.

Phil was a past commander and county commander with the American Legion Post #91 and lifetime member of the VFW Post #2260 in Oconomowoc. He enjoyed watching and attending professional and local sporting events and spending time with his family and friends. A memorial service for Phil will take place at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31, at Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Phil’s name to any local veteran service organizations.

A special thank you to all the staff at Watertown Memorial Hospital and the UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.