Terrance (Terry) Francis Braukman

Is a Veteran
Cemetery:Visitation Cemetery in Forest Grove, Oregon
Birth:Wed Jul 30 1947
Death:Tue May 14 2024
Plot #CSW043


Terrance “Terry” Francis Braukman, 76, a resident of the Hillsboro community, passed away peacefully at his home on May 14, 2024.

Born on July 30, 1947, in Portland, OR, Terry was the eldest of ten children to Frank and Irene (Vanderzanden) Braukman. He was raised on a family farm in Mountaindale, OR attended North Plains Elementary, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1965. He later pursued construction studies at Portland Community College.
Terry enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country for three years. He met his future wife, Susan Schmidlkofer, by chance during a leave from the Army. Their connection grew through letters, and they married on December 27, 1969, in Verboort, OR. They initially settled in Hillsboro, OR but spent three decades on a small farm in Mountaindale, before moving back to Hillsboro in 2010.

His professional journey began at Tektronix, where he worked for fifteen years. Following this, Terry founded his own business, Terry Braukman Construction, specializing in residential general contracting. His expertise made him a go-to source of information for family and friends on all construction projects. He retired in his early 60s.

Terry had a passion for building and creating. He lovingly crafted dollhouses for his granddaughters, constructed wooden models, and tackled numerous home improvement projects. Terry loved tinkering in his shop and had a special fondness for collecting Buffalo memorabilia. He was also a fantastic breakfast cook and an avid fan of old Westerns and classic country music. As a gentleman farmer, he took pride in raising cows, pigs, and maintaining a garden.

​​One of Terry's most memorable quirks was his signature phrase, “Think about it.” Whenever he thought his kids weren't using their heads, he'd flash them a serious look and say, “Think about it.” The conversation would then end with Terry's discerning stare, leaving his kids to nod knowingly, recognizing that Dad had just once again cut the exchange short with his trademark wit.

Terry is preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Ronald and Brian Braukman.

Terry is survived by his loving wife Susan, his five children and their spouses: Jason and Danielle Braukman of Vancouver, WA; Jeremy Braukman and his companion Hope Green of Verboort; Tonya Tittle and her companion Scott Morrow of Hillsboro; Justin and Aimee Braukman of Corvallis; Tammy and Dave Vandehey of Cornelius; his seven surviving siblings and spouses: Diane and Herman Vanderzanden of Roy, Ken and Bonnie Braukman of Prineville, Shirley and Hadley Gear of North Plains, Mark and Anne Marie Braukman of Yamhill, Joe Braukman of North Plains, Alane Rowley and her companion Kurt Beck of Molalla, and Bruce and Mary Braukman of Yamhill; and his eleven beloved grandchildren: Brady, Kyle, Riley, Hailee, Samantha, Alyssa, Gabriel, Ben, Emily, Tyler, and Abigail.

Terry's legacy of love, wisdom and craftsmanship will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him.

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