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Gary (Twig) Wayne Branch
  • May 23, 1935
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  • February 12, 2022

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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).


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  1. Willard Mudget (Bill) and Family says:
    16 Apr 2022
    Gary and I were best friends from kindergarten through 12th grade. He shall be missed. Please accept my sympathy to Gary's family.

  2. EARL BABCOCK says:
    19 Mar 2022
    Just learned of Gary's passing. My sympathy to all of his family. I have known Gary all of my life of 82 years as he was my mother's first cousin. I always had great respect for Gary's vocal music talent and his dedication to entertaining with it for so many years.

  3. Ed Lewis says:
    20 Feb 2022
    Gary (twig) was a fellow barbershopper and the baritone in my quartet toast to harmony. We carpooled to rehearsal together and every week rehearsed at my home because I was centrally located. We became close friends and i, personally, will surely miss him. What a great guy! The good Lord has just recruited another of his favorite people. God bless you Gary!

  4. Lynwood (Bud) Kraft says:
    20 Feb 2022
    I have known Gary and his family for all forty years of my Barbershop life and have sung with him for most of them. I will miss his fine Baritone voice and all of the enjoyment we had and gave to others. Rest in Peace my friend.

  5. Brian Grice says:
    20 Feb 2022
    My Uncle Gary was one of the kindest men I ever knew. His birthday (May 23rd) was only 1 day away from mine (May 22nd) and I remember celebrating many times with him. He always said grace at our Grice Family Reunion. Our family will miss him very much.

  6. John Baker says:
    20 Feb 2022
    Shirley and I send our deepest condolences to the family. We have the fondest memories with he and Phillis during quartet conventions and outings. Thank you for enriching our lives with song and happy memories!

  7. Judith Branch says:
    19 Feb 2022
    The Tom Branch family extends our deepest sympathy and will miss our talks on the phone.
    Judy and Tom (Estero FL), Shannon and Adam Potgiesser (Lawton MI), Miri and Rick Blair (Knoxville) Tonia and Rob Laird (Scottsdale AZ)

  8. Cindy & Joe Coronado says:
    17 Feb 2022
    We will miss you daddy! I had many great times at his house while I was in school with Robin, sometimes I know that he thought Robin & I were crazy…. I was like his 5th daughter. Gary & Phyllis were one of the first people to meet my first son after he was born, even before Robin. Our sympathies to the family.

  9. Dave and Marilyn Kenaga says:
    17 Feb 2022
    Gary will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. He was a kind and quiet man who loved life, his children and grandchildren. He will be remembered for many years to come.

  10. Sandra and Randy McKerracher says:
    17 Feb 2022
    We are so sorry for the loss of Gary, he was such a sweet and wonderful man

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