David F. Traut, 76

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BRUNSWICK — David F. Traut, 76, of Brunswick, died peacefully March 25 at Mid Coast Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 19, 1938, in Chicago, the son of Clemons Traut and Clara Moritz. He grew up in Chicago, along with brothers Clem and Tom Traut.

In 1956, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in 1962 married Caroline Farrell. Throughout his 23-year naval career, Traut and his wife traveled extensively, with duty stations in Florida, Washington, Iceland and Bermuda. They continued to travel for years afterward, and enjoyed taking trips to casinos together.

Traut also enjoyed golf, bowling and spending time outdoors. He had a love for cats and also cared for many injured animals over the years, including squirrels and birds.

Traut was predeceased by his wife in July 2012.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jean Townsend, of Brunswick; brother Clem Traut, of Illinois; granddaughter Michelle Freeman and husband, Stuart Freeman, of Topsham; grandson David Townsend and wife, Jessica Townsend, of Massachusetts; and great-grandchildren Madison Townsend, Nicholas Freeman and Nathan Freeman.

A funeral was held April 4 at Stetson’s Funeral Home, in Brunswick. Burial will be held later in the spring at Varney Cemetery, Brunswick.

Memorial contributions in Traut’s name can be made to the Coastal Humane Society, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

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