Archive for Thursday, March 15, 2007

John W. Brann

March 15, 2007


Funeral services for John W. Brann, Jr., 88, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. Mr. Brann died March 12, 2007, at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, Lawrence.

He was born April 24, 1918, at South Haven, the son of John W. Sr. and Mona Pearce Brann. He graduated from South Haven High School in 1936. He served in the United States Army during World War II, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He served overseas in England, France, Belgium and Luxemburg.

He was employed by the United States Postal Service at Salt Lake City for 10 years, transferring to Lawrence in 1956. He retired in 1975. He lived in Baldwin City from 1984 to 1999 then moved back to Lawrence. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, and Dorsey-Liberty Post No. 14, American Legion.

He married Ruby L. Gwillim Jan. 12, 1946, at Wichita. She died April 1, 2006.

Survivors include a son, John W. Brann, III, Olathe; two daughters, Patricia F. Grewing, Tecumseh, and Barbara M. Michal, Lookout Mountain, Ga.; a brother, Willard, Jefferson City, Mo.; two sisters, Flora Zimmerman, South Haven, and Rosemary Overton, Ponca City; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., Lawrence, KS 66044. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, is in charge of services. Online condolences may be sent to

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