Russell I. Bratt, 95
Jan. 13, 1924 -- Feb. 15, 2019

Russell I. Bratt, 95 Russell I. Bratt, 95, passed away in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Feb. 15, 2019. He was born on Jan. 13, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn.

He attended the University of Minnesota College of Engineering and was a member of the Tau Beta and University Honor Societies.

Upon graduation, Russell served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. After his service in the U.S. Navy, he attended the University of France-Grenoble on the G.I. Bill.

He settled in Milwaukee, Wis., where he married Laura Hipke. They had three children, William Bratt, Linda Bratt Johnston and Jonathan Bratt. Russell built a thriving pump company, Scot Pump, and expanded that business to include Karak Machine and Weil Pump. In the 1980s, he married JoAnna Richardson from Milwaukee.

They moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. They traveled extensively to Europe and to Moscow with the Hydraulic Institute. When asked why he did not accompany his wife to Antarctica, an employee replied “Well you can’t sell pumps to penguins.”

Russell also enjoyed boating and was a member of the Milwaukee Yacht Club. He was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.

A remembrance for Russell will be held at the American Legion on Hilbert Avenue in Cedarburg on Friday, March 22, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.