Steve Braun Obituary, Death – Steven “Steve” James Braun, 63, of Zionsville, Indiana, peacefully passed away on November 18, 2022, surrounded by loved ones, after a courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born to Amos and Laverne (Beckman) Braun in Jasper, Indiana, on November 13, 1959. After graduating from Jasper High School in 1978, Steve attended Harvard University in Cambridge and earned a degree in economics. Steve Braun married Jennifer (Schneider), his middle school sweetheart, after earning his college degree, and launched a successful career in technology consulting.
In 1990, he founded Braun Consulting, which he later sold to Fair Isaac Group in 2004 after going public in 1999. During this time, Steve acquired land in Dawson Springs, Kentucky, and established a beautiful setting for farming, raising cattle, and recreation that family members and friends have long appreciated. He started out by purchasing land around Indianapolis, and subsequently, he and his sons and son-in-law established Braun Property Development. Steve was committed to making a difference in his community.
Prior to being appointed Commissioner of the state’s Department of Workforce Development in 2014, he served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2012 to 2014. Steve and Jennifer met for the first time during a middle school dance that was hosted in the Knights of Columbus basement in Jasper, Indiana, in 1973. After a single night of dancing, everything else is forgotten. Steve and Jennifer eventually had 5 children: Alexandra, Callyn, Jonathon, Adam, and Maren. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June of this year (2022).
Steve had plenty of time to indulge in his favorite pastimes as he drew closer to the end of his life, including playing with his grandchildren, taking long motorcycle rides, establishing his authority as the Cinch Grandmaster, mushroom hunting, raising and studying his cherished Purple Martin colonies, and watching the Pacers. Amos and Laverne (Beckman) Braun, Steve Braun’s parents, passed away before he did. His five children, Adam (Claire), Maren (John) Jester, Callyn (Bill) Riggs, Jonathan (Anna Dykema) Braun, and Michael (Maureen) Braun, as well as his sister Janet (Greg) Ostendorf, and ten grandchildren all survive him. Jennifer (Schneider) Braun was his wife. Visitation will take place at Simplicity Funeral Home, 125 W Sycamore Street in Zionsville, on Friday, December 2, from 4 to 7 PM.