Jeffrey Braxton, age 55, of Yankton, South Dakota died Monday, August 24, 2015 at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton with Reverend Rick Slattery officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 and SD Army National Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, August 28 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at church.
Pallbearers are Barry Simonsen, Charlie Simonsen, Dennis Auch, Terry Braxton, Bryan Braxton and Christopher Mason.
Jeff was born June 20, 1960 in Culver City, California to Richard Braxton and Judith Hovanic. He attended Tamura grade school in Huntington Beach, CA and Lowell High School in Whittier, CA. In 1977 at age 17, Jeff joined the United States Army and served until 1980. After his honorable discharge, he lived in California and was self-employed as a painter and other various jobs. In the mid 1990's, Jeff moved to South Dakota. In January 1997, he started working for Cimpl Packing Company in Yankton. He started as a regular maintenance man working his way up to being the maintenance manager. On December 20, 1997, Jeff met the love of his life Sara Simonsen and since this date, they have never been apart. They were joined in marriage on August 25, 1998 and to this marriage they were blessed with two wonderful children, Jeremiah and Tecla.
Jeff truly lived for his family. They were his greatest joys and meant everything to him. He loved spending time with their two dogs, Cuddles and Patches, who were there to greet him everyday after Jeff got home from work. He enjoyed spending time outside whether it was riding his bike, mowing the yard, working on his boat, whatever he could find to do outside. Jeff was always ready and willing to go boating whenever he could find someone to go with him whatever time of day or night it was. He loved watching football, especially his favorite team, the Oakland Raiders. Jeff loved life and was always on the go. One of Jeff's highlights was being involved in his children's school functions. He never missed an opportunity to support his children in what they chose to do. Jeff was so good with kids and loved teasing and playing with his nieces and nephews. He had a huge heart and deep voice which boomed as loud as thunder. Jeff didn't meet a person that he didn't like and would go out of his way to help them if he was able to. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Sara Braxton of Yankton; two children, Jeremiah and Tecla of Yankton; parents, Richard and Diana Braxton of Whittier, CA and Judith and Steve Emerson of Arizona; three brothers and two sisters; Sara's parents, Russ and Lori Simonsen of Yankton and Michael and Beverly Bakke of Rapid City, SD; and many other family members and friends.
Jeff was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Helen Van Gorder and George Hovanic; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Violet Braxton; and Sara's grandparents: Archie Auch and Wilbert and Vivian Simonsen.
The family would prefer memorials to be made in Jeff's honor to his memorial fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
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Sara, no words to say.......so sorry. Our hearts ache for you and your family. We will keep in touch with you, for sure. Prayers......"*** you gotta keep going!!"
Jeff & Cheryl
Sara, and Kids, so sorry to hear of this tragic loss... way too soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Time will heal. Sooooo sorry.
Norene & Jason Olson
Sara.............so sorry to hear of the death of your Hubby .
Thoughts & Prayers,
We are truly sorry for your loss. Jeff was a great man to work with. Prayers to you and all your family.
B&C INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTORS leon bartz and motis vargas
So sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. I remember him quite well from D&T's wedding -- I especially remember the deep voice and huge heart!! May you find peace in the memories and knowing he is in a better place. Prayers to the family and those he left behind.
Denise DeLozier Telthoester
We are so sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers are with you and your family
Jeff, Kathy Jensen(Nowak)
Thinking of you through this most difficult time. Cherish those memories as this may help ease the pain you are feeling. So sorry!!
Chris, Kelly Hedges & Family
Sara, words can't begin to express how sorry we are for your loss! Our prayers go out to you and your family.
David and Lorna Arens
I was employed by Cimpls for a couple years and Jeff was my boss. A fairer more decent man I've never worked for. I retired in 2013 and moved to Arkansas. Whenever I came back to Yankton, Jeff always allowed me to visit at the plant. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing and please know that he is in my prayers. Please accept my condolences on your loss off a husband and father
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