Branson, Neil Charles "Chuck"
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Neil Charles "Chuck" Branson, 80, Sturgeon Bay resident, died Friday evening, July 12, 2013, at Angels Touch Assisted Living in De Pere. He was born April 16, 1933 in De Pere to the late Neil Coster and Grace Dean (Warren) Branson. Chuck graduated from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Lightship sailor during the Korean Conflict, from 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1955. Following his military service, on June 15, 1957, he married the former Beverly Ann Hart at Christ Episcopal Church in Green Bay, Chuck and Bev then moved to Milwaukee in 1957. After working in the sales field for numerous companies, he founded his own company in 1977, N.C. Branson & Associates, Inc. celebrating 35 years in business in 2012. Chuck had a passion for flying and earned his pilots license at the age of 16, before he had his driver's license. He has been a member of the EAA since 1990. Chuck was a proud, longtime member of the U.S. Coast Guard Lightship Sailors Association. He was also a member of the F. & A.M. Des Peres Lodge 0085, Beja Shriners of Green Bay, the Peninsula Shrine Club and the Wisconsin Scottish Rite Valley of Milwaukee 32nd degree. He was a former member and past president of the Tripoli Masonic Lodge in Milwaukee. Chuck was an outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed sailing, motorcycle riding and snowmobiling to name a few. He and Bev enjoyed traveling, whether it was for work or vacation. Chuck was also a great lover of classical music and you could often hear it as he drove up in his car.
He is survived by his wife Beverly, Sturgeon Bay; his daughter and son-in-law, Anne Alice Branson and James Robert Calto, Chicago, IL; two sisters-in-law, Ruthie (Branson) Vinette, MI and Marjorie (Mueller) Branson, CA; his aunt, Lorraine (Nys) Warren, Sheboygan.
Chuck was preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar Warren Branson and William Ackroyd Branson. He was also preceded by his uncle, Hurd Comstock Warren.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 347 S. Libal St., De Pere, at 10:30 am. Following the memorial service a reception will be held in the church hall to continue fellowship and memories of Chuck. A private burial will take place in the Greenwood Cemetery, De Pere. In lieu of floral expressions, a memorial fund has been established in Chuck's name. On-line condolences may be sent to the Branson family at www.prokowall.com.
Chuck's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of his caregivers. Their attention and consideration will always be remembered.
Published in Door County Advocate from July 16 to July 19, 2013