Jeffrey Thomas BradenJuly 25, 1947 ~ July 22, 2017 (age 69)
Warren - Jeffrey Thomas Braden, 69, passed away at home Saturday, July 22, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) surrounded by his loving family.
Jeffrey was born on July 25,1947 in Greenville, PA to George and Stella Rose Braden. Jeffrey spent most of his life in Newton Falls, and most recently Warren and winters in their home in Naples, Florida.
Jeff was a graduate of Newton Falls High School. He earned an Associate Degree from Youngstown State University and a degree from NPAM as a Certified Purchasing Manager.
Jeffrey served in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967 and was honorably discharged. He was employed at Sajar Plastics for many years and retired after 40 years from Venture Plastics as Materials Manager.
Jeff was an amazing athlete and enjoyed golf, bowling and baseball. He achieved four Holes In One, three 300 series and two 299 games while bowling which few people knew as he was a humble man. He played for Newton Falls Merchants ASA District Slo-Pitch Baseball team that earned championships in 1971,72 and 73. Jeff was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.
He was a kind, generous and encouraging person to everyone he met and was very proud of his family. He had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor. To Jeff every day was Friday, 75 degrees and sunny.
As his illness progressed he never complained and expressed, as he could, love and thanks to his family.
Jeffrey was the beloved husband of Susan Braden whom he married August 27, 1982.
He was the proud father of Renee (David) Hilditch of Erie, Pa and Nicole (Shawn) Merz of Grove City, OH. He was "Papa Jeff" to his five grandchildren: Braden, Brett, Lexi, Zachary and Mitchel,
brothers: Allen (Mary Jo) Braden of Cortland, Thomas Braden of Warren and sister, Starla (Todd) Gibson of Lordstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Clark, father in law Edward and sister in law Marion Groff.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place.
All friends and family are invited to attend a memorial funeral Mass to be held at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Rd. NE, Warren, OH at 11am Tuesday, August 1. Immediately following Mass, a Celebration of Jeffrey's Life will be held at Avalon Golf and Country Club, 9519 E. Market St., Warren, OH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jeff’s name may be made to Dr. Stephen Selkirk, Spinal Cord Injury Center, 10701 E. Blvd., Room 6A-117, Attn: Fran McClellan, Cleveland, OH 44106 . Make checks payable to the “The ALS Clinic”, OR to ALS Northeastern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Rd, Suite 403, Independence, OH 44131. OR be made online at webnoh.alsa.org.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Spinal Cord Injury, Dr. Stephen Selkirk and his entire staff for the outstanding care they provided to Jeff throughout his journey.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Braden family.