Jack L. “Cactus” Braten, Sr., age
72, of Maquon, Illinois, died at 5:40 P.M. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at
his home, surrounded by his loved ones.
On Friday, July 25, 1947, Jack was
born in Peoria, Illinois to Frank and Neva (Robinson) Braten. He grew up in the Peoria area, graduating
from Manual High School. On August 28,
1998, Jack was married to the love of his life, Claire (Johann) Jones, in
Left to cherish Jack’s memory is
his loving wife, Claire Braten of Maquon; their five children: Angela Braten of
Maquon, Jack L. “Bubba” (and Lori) Braten, Jr., of Saint Augustine, Illinois,
Tonya (and Jim) Donsbach of Maquon, Craig (and Brenda) Jones of Maquon, Kenny (and
Danielle) Jones of Middle Grove, Illinois; fourteen grandchildren; and eight
great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by his parents.
Jack worked as a truck driver for
Inness R & R of Galesburg, Collopy Trucking of Dahinda, and Lane Transfer
of Farmington, Illinois for many years.
He loved his family and was happiest when he was spending quality time
with them. There was nothing more
important to him than his family; he was a devoted and loving husband, father,
grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.
Cremation rites will be
accorded. A Celebration of Life will be
held on Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. in the
Fellowship Hall of the Maquon United Methodist Church in Maquon, Illinois. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Maquon Fire Department, the Maquon Public Library, or the Maquon United
Methodist Church. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral
Home & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois is assisting the family. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy
may be made through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.