Claude K. BRANNAN

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BRANNAN, Claude K. 90, of Largo, passed away May 10, 2013. He was born to Raymond & May Brannan, Aug. 11, 1922 in Morristown, NJ. Younger brother to Lyle and his wife Doris, he enlisted in the Army during WWII. Sergeant Brannan, 7th Army, 8th Infantry Division, along with many others, came ashore on D-Day plus one, Omaha Beach, Normandy France. After being wounded in the field, he was sergeant of the 787 MP Motorcycle Battalion in Paris after the liberation and until the war ended. Always saying, "The real heroes of war are the ones who don't return home," Claude loved God, country, family, liberty and our Constitution written by our country's Founders. Claude was preceded in death by his mother, father, brother and sister-in-law. Also passing on April 4, 2009 was his first wife, French war bride, Micheline Brannan, mother of their surviving children: daughter, Jeanette with husband, John Phillips; son John of Largo, Fl.; and daughter Elizabeth with husband Darrin. Also surviving is Claude's loving wife, Betty Brannan, Claude's love and companion of many years; loving son, Chris Brannan, Ray Heath, and Anne Olwin. Survivors include grandchildren, Sam Minor, Chris Brannan, Johnathan and Nick Venice, Allison Armento, Adam and Phillip Reardon; great-grandson, Kyle Brannan; cousins, Nancy Bayda and family and Patricia O'Neill; niece, Jean Warren & husband Phil; and nephew, Tod Brannan & wife Paula and will miss their Uncle Claude. Many other family members and dear friends will miss Claude: his life-long New Jersey motorcycle buddies; Clearwater DAV Chapter 11 fellow veterans; and students from Countryside High School Auto Shop, which was his pride and joy in teaching. Dad joins in Heaven his best friend, Cpl. Johnny Stilwell, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Silver Star recipient, deceased in Pacific Theatre, WWII. A sincere and heartfelt thank you to Suncoast Hospice Brookside for the wonderful care and love they showed our father during his last week of life. Funeral services and military honors will be at 10:30 am, June 6th, (D-Day plus 69 years) at graveside, Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater. In lieu of flowers, donations to Suncoast Hospice would be appreciated.

Published in the Tampa Bay Times from May 24 to May 25, 2013
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