John R. Braunsdorf,III

John R. Braunsdorf III, (Dubby) was born in Galveston, Texas on May 28, 1953. He was preceded in his death by his father John Braunsdorf Jr. and mother Yvonne Braunsdorf. John passed away peacefully at his home in Hitchcock, Texas August 22, 2021, at age 68 with his wife of 45 years, Janice at his side.

Dubby was born and raised in Galveston, enjoying the island life. He attended Ball High School and Clear Creek High School. He loved the water and spent much of his teen year’s at Wix Ski School on Offatts Bayou where he became an accomplished water skier. His passion for skiing resulted in many national and state awards in jumping, slalom, and tricks. He still holds the record for barefooting in the ski lake at Sea Arama. He made many friends during his time there entertaining the vacationer’s and locals alike in the water ski show and had many great stories to tell.

His greatest accomplishment was his family, who he loved dearly and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife Janice, son’s Wesley Braunsdorf (Brandy), and Aaron Braunsdorf (Michelle). Four grandchildren Calan Braunsdorf, Bailey Braunsdorf, Tyson Braunsdorf and Reese Braunsdorf. A sister Lynie Reegan (Danny), and brother Bucky Braunsdorf (Dell). Nieces Katy Braunsdorf, Madison Reegan and nephew Nico Sendejas.

He lived for the simple things in his life and spending time with his family and friends. Dubby especially loved camping and hunting on the family property in east Texas with family and friends. He loved a good joke, outdoor barbequing, cooking delicious meals, baseball, football, and water sports. His recent hobbies included watching westerns and buying items off Amazon. 

Dubby worked at the Falstaff Brewery in Galveston, also with sales and management of multiple car dealerships in the Galveston area. He obtained his real estate and appraisal license and remained active in this until his retirement.

The family would like to thank Amed Hospice for their loving care and treatment of John during his illness.

At his request there will be no services, “Just remember the good times and have a cold one for me.”

The family requests that you spend time with your family and loved ones and make a toast to enduring friendships lifelong and beyond.

Dubby will be honored in a celebration of life in Galveston for family and friends at a later date.


  1. Dubby!! You will be missed by your Family and Friends. I have fond memories of our days being Toddlers and later Teenagers back in those days! I know that you are in a place that we all want to be someday and that you are in complete Peace.
    Rest In Peace..

    David Fulwiler
  2. My Condolences to Dubby’s Family, he will be watching over you all from the Heavens. God Bless you all.

    Janelle Kershaw Achord
  3. Please accept my sincere condolences, Janice, Lynie, Bucky and family. I am so sorry for the loss of Dubby. We had a lot of fun growing up water-skiing at Wix’s and all the waterski competitions we attended as kids. We were so blessed to be growing up with boats, swimming and waterskiing with people we loved. RIP my friend!

    Niki DuBose
  4. You were so loved and you will be missed so much but the wonderful memories will always be dear and they will never leave me. Love you brother, keep a light on for me! Your loving sister!

  5. Janice, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Praying for you and your family.

    Pat Quinones
  6. Beautiful words. Yes, we will all have a “cold one” for Dubby.
    I honestly have to say that Dubby was one of the best boat drivers I ever had in my days of water sking. We had such fun. One day when skiing between the Bayou & Lake Madeline, Dubby kept pointing to the right edge of the water. I’ll have to admit I totally misunderstood his directions, so I am skiing in the direction I thought he was suggesting, and ran over a huge drainage pipe, flipping over my ski & rolling several times across the water. I was okay. Dubby was upset. After catching my breath all I could do was laugh & let him know I was okay. And finished the ski. But we laughed about this for years.
    Dubby also had the courage & patience to teach me how to ski over “the jump” at 61st & English Bayou. It took many many times but he didn’t give up & neither did I. Dubby was fun.
    Our parents were friends so we spent lots of time together over the years.
    These memories are a real treasure to me at this time.
    May you rest in PEACE, Dubby.
    You are not forgotten.

    Kaye Forester
  7. Our families go way back together.Dubby is my age we went to school together. Mrs.Yvonne Braunsdorf was my nurse at the Pediatric office of Dr. Reagan Gibbs. Condolences to the family you are in my thoughts.

    Debby Richardson Solari
  8. Fly high my friend there are lots of your friends to meet you. Sent 🙏🏻to your family and friends you leave behind ❤️

    Janet Kershaw
  9. Where do I start, the time I threw a toilet plunger at you and it went thru the window and I told mom it was your fault if you wouldn’t have ducked it would not have gone thru the window. The time I hit mom over the back with my high chair when I was a baby for spanking you. We were brothers we fought we loved we grew up with parents and Grand parents and friends that we were Blessed to have. I was the typical little brother, get outa here kid you bug me but as we grew older we grew closer we both enjoyed the water Bayou Bums, SS Fugg club our real close friends will get this Bumpy and Dumpy! Little Shitbirds I will forever love and miss you you tell Mom Dad Mama Farish Mamma Ide Aunt Joyce I will see them again one day.

    Bucky A Braunsdorf
  10. *Thru thick and thin good and bad fun and sad we are Brothers! I remember the time I threw a toilet plunger at you you ducked and it went thru a window I was somewhere around 5 I told mom it was your fault if you wouldn’t have ducked it wouldn’t have gone thru the window! The time Mom spanked you and I hit her over the back with my high chair in your defense . In retrospect the things you did as a kid baseball, bicycles skiing I pretty much followed suite I always looked up to you as a minter especially in skiing you John Kelso were who I wanted to ski like. Bumpy and Dumpy little shit birds people that know know what I am saying here. I love you I will miss you and if Janice or your sons ever need anything that I am capable of providing I will be there. I got your back! Tell Mom Dad Mama Farish Mama Ida Uncle Bill Aunt Joyce Hello I will see them some day. Thru thick and thin good and bad fun and sad we are Brothers!

    Bucky Braunsdorf
  11. I’m so sorry to hear of Dubby”s passing. He was a good person.
    We had some good times in Freddyville, Now Noel and Dubby are having a cold one in Heaven. I’ll pray that God help you through this…. I know that pain. He loved you, and his son’s very much.
    Love, Rose

    Rose Greenwald
  12. I was so sorry to hear about Dubby. I haven’t seen him in years but think about the skiers often and wonder how everyone is. He was a great person and will be missed. My love to Lynie and his family.

    Wayne Esser

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