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Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home

552 East River Road, Anoka, MN

OBITUARY

Junior Jene Branson

December 21, 1938October 27, 2019
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Born in Sioux Falls, SD on December 21, 1938 and died on October 27, 2019 in Andover, MN.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Edith Branson; brothers, Dean Branson and Glen Tuch.

Junior will be deeply missed by his wife, Sharon Branson; children, Scott (Tracey) Branson and Jiloyce (Greg) Larkin; grandchildren, Chelsea Branson, Tyler Reisetter, Amber Reisetter and Mitchell Reisetter.

Junior proudly served in the US Navy and was a longtime Industrial Arts Teacher.

Service of Remembrance will take place at 2:30pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Gearhart Anoka Funeral Home, 552 East River Rd, Anoka. Visitation will begin at 1:30pm.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, November 2, 2019

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paul tuch

November 1, 2019

My Uncle Junior was the coolest uncle a guy could have. One of my first memories was when he came home from his service in the Korean war. He brought back for my 3 year younger brother and I a blue & silver Korean embroiled jacket. My brother & I were the coolest dude in elementary school. When he would come down from the twin cities to visit us & his parents, he & I would go out and test drive the Hottest cars to hit the show room ! Never planning to buy one.
One week end he brought a beautiful lady home for us to meet, she soon became my coolest Aunt Sharon. they have 2 great kids , Scott & Jill ( my only daughter is named Jill ). One summer visit to their house I taught Scott how to ride a bicycle .
Between my Sophomore & Junior year I was looking for a car, could not find one I liked in Sioux Falls. Uncle Junior found a car for me in the cities and bought it. So... I got on the greyhound bus & off I was to the cities to get my car ! It was a 1962 Vw bug, well ….. I owned it for 4 months. There was something to do with my right foot & the 40 hp motor that didn't get along. I sold it and made good $$'s and bought a 1962 Impala SS that was my car for the next 3 years. Wish I had it today !!!
At the end of 1971 summer I was headed off to a Vo Tech school in Houston for Dental Technology ( I still live in the Houston area today ) BUT … I could not go off to school with out saying Good Bye to my favorite Aunt & Uncle. So my girl friend ( who is my wife today ) and I went to the cities to say good bye. Had a great time.
Over the next 48 years MY family would go home to Sioux Falls SD. Whenever U Junior & A Sharon would find out we were coming home , they Always made a effort to come down to Sf's to see us. that's what cool Aunts & Uncle do !!
In the summer of 2017 , Cindy & I took a vacation, in which we got to see Jill's new home & theirs . we had a Great visit. Love ya

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Biography

Junior Jene Branson was born December 21st, 1938 to Roy and Edith Branson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He grew up with brothers Dean and Glen while working on his parent’s small farm and attending Montrose High School near Sioux Falls. A particularly fond memory for Junior was when his Town Team Baseball Club won the South Dakota State Championship and went on to compete at the national level.

Junior enlisted in the US Navy where he served from 1958-1961 as a petty officer specializing in fire control and armament. During this time, he served on the USS Ticonderoga Aircraft Carrier where he specialized in radar and electronics systems for the F-4 Phantom fighter jet.

Junior met his loving wife, Sharon (Theisen), when he rented a room in her mother’s boarding house; they married on December 5th, 1962 and made their home in Crystal, MN. They were blessed with two loving children, Scott and Jiloyce, and four grandchildren. While the children were growing up, one favorite family activity was competitive square dancing where Junior and Sharon reached the prestigious Challenge III Level; Junior also served as president of the Belray Ballroom Square Dance Club.

Drawing on his electronics experience gained while in the US Navy, Junior spent the early days of his career working for Control Data Corporation and Golden Tone Electronics in the Twin Cities. Junior would go on to earn his Master of the Arts Degree in Industrial Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He became an accomplished educator at Forest Lake High School where Junior taught industrial education from 1975 to 1993.

Branson Electronics was Junior and Sharon’s first business venture, again drawing on Junior’s electronics skills. Junior specialized in calibrating and repairing audiometers which would be used to test student’s hearing at several school districts around the Twin Cities. This was a business that Junior shared with his children and grandchildren as he sought their assistance and taught them the mechanics of audiometers. Founded in 1964, Branson Electronics is still in business and now run by members of the family.

Junior and Sharon also founded The Dust Shop Antiques in 1985 where Junior showcased his passion for antique toys and his natural ability to attract loyal clients and customers. Junior’s love for antique cars, spaceships, cap-guns, and other toys was not lost on anyone who wandered into their shop or their home.
In retirement, Junior would enjoy golfing and spending time with his loving family. He and Sharon would spend their winters traveling Florida, visiting their favorite campsites, and making new friends. His passion for life, discipline in business and profession, lifelong friendships, and love for his family will remain a living legacy among his family and will be continued forward by his grandchildren.