James (Jim) Bratz
James (Jim) Bratz entered his eternal rest surrounded by his loving family
at the family home in Hollister, Missouri, on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, after a short battle with cancer. Jim was born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on July 21, 1960, to John Bratz and Patricia (Braunschweig-Bratz) Frank. Jim was a 1978 graduate of Oconomowoc High School. He married Angela (Angie) Arnold on Nov. 6, 1993, at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.
Jim is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Angie of the home in Hollister; his daughter, Lauren Bratz (Oshane Murray) of Springfield, Missouri; his son, James (Jimmy) Bratz II of the home; his mother, Patricia Frank of Watertown, Wisconsin; his brother, Timothy Bratz of Watertown, Wisconsin; his sister, Sarah (Andreas) Nielsen of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; and uncles, aunts, nieces, many relatives, and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, John Bratz and his grandparents Paul and Ella Bratz and Edwin and Ada Braunschweig.
Jim’s career was timeshare, which took him from Two Rivers, Wisconsin, to Orlando, Florida, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, and then to Branson, Missouri. Jim was a “people person’; he not only enjoyed meeting people and selling, but he enjoyed sharing his faith in God wherever the Lord led him. His faith was most evident in his love of his family and their family life.
He and Angie were very active in their church, supportive of Lauren’s dance and her receiving her master’s degree in Business Administration last December, Jimmy’s sport activities, and so proud of him receiving his Eagle Scout Award. Jim enjoyed golfing, fishing, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Jim and Angie had a charitable nature in caring for the less fortunate and in providing meals at their church. Jim always strived to give others a second chance because of his own struggle with alcoholism.
Jesus said: “For as much as you have done it to the least of these my brethren; you have done it unto Me.” The family’s comfort is knowing that Jim knew that his Loving Savior would put His arms around him and carry him to his eternal rest.
Memorial services are pending for Hollister, Missouri, and Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremaitonsoftheozarks.com.