Michael Joseph Branch

Michael Joseph Branch, 64, of Killeen, TX passed away November 24, 2016 at his home in Belton. Mike was born in Ft. Knox, KY on October 17, 1952 to Milton E. & Hattie Branch. He was the fifth of eight children and the last son.

Mike enjoyed fishing, crafts, woodwork, camping, riding his Harley Davidson and building a 2-story tree house when he was younger. He also wrote many poems, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sailing.

Mike was preceded in death by his mother Hattie Branch, father Milton Branch, Sr., brothers John David and Tommy. His survivors include his wife Linda of Belton, TX; children Stephanie Charpentier of Killeen, TX, Trevor Branch of CA, Mallory Stallings of UT; brother Milton Branch Jr. of FL; sisters Lou Rhodes of Carthage, TX, Judy Herbert of Killeen, TX, Kay Barron of Belton, TX, Ann Galvan of Waco, TX; four grandchildren (two on the way); many nieces and nephews, and Mike loved his two dogs Bear and Buddy Roo. Memorial service to be announced at a later date.

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Kay Branch Barron

When Mike died a part of me died with him. I hadn't seen him only a couple of times after Tommy passed away 4 years ago. I wish now that I had made more of a effort to go see him and Linda. He spent a lot of time on his sailboat. I have always been afraid of water, afraid of drowning. He loved fishing.He had enjoyed doing woodwork and could make anything. He had every tool he needed to build and custom design everything. There were years he spent writing poems, he could put words together that could touch your heart and bring tears to your eyes. He loved Linda dearly. He had 3 children. He now has 6 grandchildren. His grandson, Michael, is named after him. I would like to thank everyone that stayed at the hospital and prayed for Mike, and those that brought food and you called or sent a text asking what you could do to help in this time of my family grieving. Thank you for driving from out of town to attend Mikes memorial. I appreciate Jim Mattson for the wonderful service, and singing Amazing Grace. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all very much.

Sincerely,

S. Kay Branch Barron

Carlton L Griffin

The Branch family moved across the street from us in 1966-67. Mike was my age and with so many things in common, we quickly became close friends. We played and ran around, partnered in lawn mowing, went on all day bicycle adventures, and tried to hang out with Mike's older brother Tommy(when he would let us)!
To simply say Mike and his family were a big influence in my life would be a stupendous understatement! In all honesty there isn't a day that passes where something doesn't relate to or remind me of our friendship. I've come to realize that a great deal of my personality, attitude, vocabulary and speech are reflective of that association. I still catch myself using their quips, quotes and Branchisms in daily conversation!
I offer all of Mike's family and friends my deepest sympathy upon his passing. I know how much Mike loved Jesus and he'll not relax until he shakes the hand of our Lord.
AMEN!

With our Love,
Carlton and Debbie Griffin

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