SALEM -- Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Damascus Methodist Church for Joseph S. Braund, 82, of 1930 Valley Road, who died Wednesday in Salem Community Hospital.
Mr. Braund was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Salem, a son of Samuel and Emma Ullmann Braund, and was a lifelong area resident.
He was an engineer and in sales at Electric Furnace in Salem before retiring in 1978.
A ham radio operator with the call sign "K8JCV," he was licensed as an advanced-class operator. He had held an amateur radio operator license since 1958 and was a member of American Radio Relay League and the Salem and Lisbon amateur radio clubs. He was also a continuous wave code operator.
He had been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Damascus since 1941 and was a past noble grand and secretary of the Damascus club. He was also a member of the church and Damascus Area Historical Society.
A World War II and Army Reserve veteran, he retired in November 1968 with the rank of major. He served with the 802nd and 882nd signal companies, held a radio repair specialty while in the service, and was a member of the Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS) network.
He was a member of Charles H. Carey Post 56 of the American Legion, VFW 892 of Salem and Reserve Officers Association.
His wife, the former Lottie Mae Sloan, whom he married Dec. 8, 1945, died Feb. 7, 1996.
He leaves two daughters, Shirley P. Steer of Salem and Julia H. Strohecker of New Waterford; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Phillip and Bert, are deceased.
Friends may call one hour before the service in the church. Contributions may be made to Damascus Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department. Arrangements are by Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home, Salem.