Gary (Twig) Wayne Branch, 86, of Rockford, Michigan, passed away February 12, 2022. He had a 40-year long career with CSX Transportation and retired in 1997. During his time at CSX, he was a passionate advocate for work place safety and served as the Union Treasurer. He was a 50-year member of the Barbershop Harmony Society where he sang for the Great Lakes Chorus in Michigan and the Suncoast Statesmen Chorus in Florida after he retired. He was recognized numerous times as “Barbershopper of the Year”. He was also a member of multiple Barbershop quartets including the most recent called “The Shades of Grey” in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with whom he won the Pioneer District Senior Championship. During his early years, Gary also enjoyed singing/performing in musical plays at the Civic Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Gary is survived by his wife Patti, four daughters, three sons-in-law, four step children, seven grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
Interment will be at the White Cloud Cemetery, White Cloud, Michigan, following a memorial service to be held in the Summer 2022. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wood Brook Cathedral, 1739 Providence St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616-361-1701).