Less than a month after the death of his beloved wife Margot, Calvin Kinley Brauer died peacefully on the morning of June 2, 2017.
He was born in Jersey City, N.J., on Jan. 1, 1924, the second of four boys to Sigmund Israel and Dora (Kinley) Brauer. He graduated from Dickinson High School in Jersey City.
In part to escape the depths of the Depression, Cal enlisted in the Navy in 1942 immediately after graduating from high school at age 18.
He served as an anti-aircraft gun fire control operator aboard the USS Columbia and saw combat in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater, including deadly kamikaze attacks, until the end of World War II.
After the War, Calvin attended the University of Rochester from 1946-1950 on the GI Bill. He graduated with a degree in history.
Upon completing college, he enlisted in the Navy to fight in the Korean War, where he once again saw combat as a gun fire control operator aboard the USS New Jersey, which operated off the coast of North Korea.
Calvin returned to Rochester, N.Y., after the Korean War in 1952.
Shortly upon his return, he went on a blind date, where he met, and then later married, the love of his life, Margot Anne Heilbrunn.
Cal and Margot set out to make a new life for themselves by moving to Toledo, Ohio, with Xerox Corporation (then Haloid) in 1953. They stayed in Toledo for the rest of their lives.
They had been married more than 64 years and were deeply devoted to each other.
After two years at Xerox, Cal went to work for Davis Paper Box, a small familyowned company, where he was a sales manager for 15 years. For seven years following Davis, he worked at Consolidated Packaging in Monroe, Mich.
In 1976 at age 52, he decided to take an entrepreneurial leap and bought a small company, Archbold Container, which manufactured corrugated boxes in Archbold, Ohio.
Over the next 15 years, Cal was able to take this small manufacturing company to a major supplier of not only corrugated boxes but also fine white board boxes and pointof purchase displays.
He invested in new equipment and implemented a profit sharing plan for his employees.
In 1990, he sold Archbold Container to his largest customer,
Sauder Woodworking, retiring in 1991.
After a family trip to Europe in 1966, Cal became enamored with reading about, collecting and drinking wine. He built a wine cellar in the basement of his home and air-conditioned it, much to the chagrin of his children who would have preferred air conditioning in the house!
He took great pleasure in listening to music and was one of the best dancers around– he cut the rug with a great jitterbug.
He loved lively conversations, and dinner times were always filled with (sometimes loud) discussions.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, sometimes edging on the sarcastic. He was above all, committed, kind, supportive and forthright.
He was devoted to his family and took extraordinary care of Margot in her last years.
He was a member and served on the Board of the Toledo Tennis Club, and was also a member of the Toledo Country Club, the Toledo Club and Carranor Hunt and Polo Club.
Cal continued to stay active after retirement playing tennis, golf, and swimming– serving on the Board at Carmimar Beach Club in Anguilla, BWI. He and Margot continued to take great joy in traveling, reading, and entertaining their many friends.
Calvin is survived by his three children, Deborah Brauer of Wilmette, Ill., and her two children, Madeleine and James Burton; Nancy and her husband Ted Disabato of Flossmoor, Ill., and their three children, Catherine, Michael and Anne; Robert and Wendy (Jones) Brauer of Westlake Village, Calif., and their daughter Rachel.
He is survived by his younger brother Jay (and Joan) Brauer of Tucson, Ariz., and predeceased by his older brother Herbert Brauer and younger brother Kinley Brauer.
He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their appreciation for the wonderful and loving albeit short care that Calvin received from the staff at Pro- Medica Flower Hospital.
Funeral and services are private. Walker Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time (419-841-2422).
Any gifts in Calvin’s memory can made to The Toledo Museum of Art or the Jewish Confederation of Greater Toledo Ohio.
Online condolences may be placed at walkerfuneral homes.com.