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ALLEN FRANCES BRANNIGAN


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
ALLEN FRANCES BRANNIGAN Obituary
1922 - December 23, 2017 AT THE AGE OF 95 YEARS OLD OUR BELOVED ALLEN LEFT US ON DECEMBER 23RD TO TAKE HIS FINAL JOURNEY. BORN IN SOUTH DAKOTA HE SPENT HIS YOUTH AND EARLY ADULT YEARS THERE. HE MADE A BRIEF VISIT TO CALIFORNIA AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT HIS PERMANENT,HOME¿ALONG CAME WORLD WAR 11 AND ALLEN FOUND HIMSELF IN THE ARMY AIR CORP AS A FLIGHT ENGINEER AND CREW CHIEF, WITH THE RANK OF SERGEANT. HE MADE MANY FLIGHTS OVER GERMANY BUT WAS SHOT DOWN,WOUNDED AND CAPTURED. HE WAS IMPRISONED IN STALAG 1V FOR 10 MONTHS BEFORE LIBERATED IN1945. HE WAS OFFERED THE PURPLE HEART BUT REFUSED BECAUSE HE FELT HIS CREW WHO LOST THEIR LIVES SHOULD BE HONORED, NOT HIM BECAUSE HE SURVIVED. HIS CREW WAS THE 384TH BOMB GROUP, GRAFTON UNDERWOOD, NORTHHAMPTONSHIRE ENGLAND. RETURNING TO CALIFORNIA HE WORKED BRIEFLY AT DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT, BUT LEFT TO PURSUE HIS LOVE OF FLORAL DESIGN. HE EVENTUALLY BECAME THE CONFIDANT OF MANY STARS OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF FILM WHO WERE CAPTIVATED BY HIS TALENT, MAGICAL PERSONALITY AND KINE HEART. IT WAS DURING THIS PERIOD THAT HE MET RON HUDSON WHO BECAME IS LIFE PARTNER FOR 52 WONDERFUL YEARS. THEY FORMED RONALLEN ENTERPRISES AND TOGETHER BUILT COUNTRY FLOWERS IN PACIFIC PALISADES WHERE ALLEN ENCHANTED EVEN MORE PEOPLE. RON CONTINUED HIS WORK AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND TOGETHER THEIR BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP WAS AS SUCCESSFUL AS THEIR PERSONAL ONE. ALLEN IS SURVIVED BY RON, HIS SISTER BETTY KENDRICKS AND DAUGHTER CONNEE BRANNIGAN. ON JANUARY 27TH THERE WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE AT THE BEL-AIR RESTAURANT, 662 N. SEPULVEDA BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES, 90049, AT 12 NOON. A RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY WHERE WE WILL JOIN IN A TRIBUTE OF OUR DEAR, DEAR FRIEND WHO WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS. DONATIONS MAY BE MADE IN HIS NAME TO THE V.A.G.L.A.H.S. 11301 WILTSHIRE BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA. 90073, ATTEN: VOLUNTARY SERVICES.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 21, 2018
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