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Ira L. Bragg Jr., 68, of Rockford, passed away at home surround by loved ones on February 14, 2017. He was born on December 31, 1948 in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of Ira Lee and Jess (Neal) Bragg Sr. Ira served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1976. He married Kathleen McBride in November 1967. Ira was a machinist for 32 years with John S. Barnes/Haldex Hydraulics, he participated on the rifle team and baseball team while employed there.
He is survived by his daughters, Kaarina (Jeff Sr.) Wubben of Rockford, IL and Laurie Sievert of Davis Junction, IL; sons, Ira Lee (Talia Acosta) Bragg III of Milwaukee, WI and Thomas Bragg of Rockford, IL; grandchildren, Jade, Noah, Isiah, Jeffrey Jr., Rachel, Destiny, Julia, Anton, Harmony, Anthony, and Angelo; great-granddaughter, Emily; half- sister, Sherri Zink, brother-in-law, Gerald Stiles; and life-long friend, John Schaffer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Ira L. Bragg Sr. of W.VA; mother, Jess (Jazz) Neal of NJ; sister, Ella Stiles of Rockford,IL; significant other, Shirley Peppers of Rockford, IL; grandson, Joshua Bragg; and mother of his children, Kathleen Bragg. A special thank you to Kendall and Delana from NI Hospice and friend, Lara.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, North Main Chapel, 2811 N. Main St., Rockford. Memorials may be made to the family. To share a memory or send an online condolence, visit

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  1. Kaarina Bragg Wubben

    Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts- Daddy went peacefully after a strong fight, he hears all 4 of his children in the day before he left this world with family by his side- our Daddy is on Angel duty- pray he's fast, there's a lot of us.

  2. Kathy Alley

    sorry to hear about Ira, I use to work w/him at Haldex.. I learned a lot from him @ work. Prays to the family

  3. Sue daubert

    Sending prayers to you all always

  4. Diane Embry

    So sorry for your loss. It's not easy losing a parent.

  5. Cheryl Pierce

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

  6. Sherri Zink

    my previous nieces and nephews. I can't even put into words how sorry I am for this great loss. None of our lives will ever be the same but the beautiful memories will last forever and the love he has for each of you will never end. My brother was do proud of y'all as I am and just know I'll always be here for you anytime you need me. Kaarina sweetie thank you for doing so much for Lee, you've shown what unconditional love is all about. And Jeff for being there for you and Lee. I hope the grandchild will understand Lee didn't leave them. He didn't leave any of us. He only left the Body that failed him. He'll be back, we'll see him again. I love you all do much. My heart aches for each of you.

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