VeteranFrancis Brannan

Francis BrannanFrancis LaVerne “Frank” Brannan, 85, of Quincy died at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 20, 2011, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

He was born June 9, 1925, in Frederick, a son of Frank W. and Mary E. Simpson Brannan.

Surviving are one sister, Dorothy J. (and Harold Lloyd) Morrell of Huntsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Olive Hogan; two brothers, Burdette Brannan and William K. Brannan.

He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 551st Parachute Battalion and the 11th Airborne Division during World War II. He served in the Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe and Southern France Campaigns receiving the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart, four Battle Service Stars, the Bronze Star, the Occupation Medal and the Victory Medal. He reenlisted in the Army in 1946 and served until 1952. He then served in the Army Reserves and retired as a 1st Lt.

He was an administrative assistant employed by American Association of Retired Persons in St. Louis, Mo., and Edwardsville, retiring in 2000.

He received a certificate of recognition as the Missouri Outstanding Senior Employee in March of 1998. He graduated from Shawnee College on June 2, 1974.

He was a member of Jacksonville American Legion Post #299.

Cremation has been accorded. Private family memorial services will be held at a later date. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 1/26/2011

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