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