Willard A. Branch (1924-2020)
BRANCH, HANSON, RUCHOTZKE, GILCHRIST, KLATT, LECHTENBERG, PETT
Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 12/30/2020 at 16:11:17
Willard ďBillĒ A. Branch, 96, of Davenport, passed away Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 at Country Manor, Davenport. A graveside service will be held at a later date, at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Lowden.
Bill was born on Feb. 21,1924 in Stanhope, Iowa, the son of Attie and Anna (Hanson) Branch. He married Donna M. Ruchotzke on June 8, 1952 in Lowden. He earned his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He later attended Stout State College and graduated with a Masterís Degree. Bill was a proud U.S. Veteran serving in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served in the 8th Airforce and the 401st Bombardment Group. He was a teacher in four respective communities: Coggon; Colesburg; DeWitt; and Davenport Central High School along with teaching in various vocational and educational settings within the community. Bill was also faithfully dedicated to a life of service and membership within the Lutheran Church.
Bill is survived by his wife of 68 years, Donna Branch, Davenport; daughters: Jennifer Gilchrist of Davenport; Susan Klatt of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jill (Wally) Lechtenberg of Bettendorf; Mary (Paul) Pett, of Green Bay, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Branch; siblings, Nelson, Pauline, Jean, Ruth, and Inez; along with other beloved sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.
On behalf of our entire family, thank you to the staff of Country Manor and Compassus Hospice Team for making Billís last days special, memorable, and peaceful. We are grateful for the professional and sensitive manner in which your services and care are administered to your clients and their families.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for the dedication of a memorial, to be determined. Online condolences may be left to Billís family at www.wheelanpressly.com .
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