William G. Branson

March 26, 1923November 28, 2011

William G. Branson, 88, of Indianapolis. Entered Eternal Rest Monday, November 28, 2011. He was born March 26, 1923 in Indianapolis to William G. and Nellie (Wehrel) Branson. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department for 40 years, retiring in 1985 as District Chief. Bill was a 53 year member of Little Flower Catholic Church and most recently of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was also a member of Firefighters Local 416, Fatima Council of the Knights of Columbus, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Retired Firefighters Club, The Emerald Society and Pleasant Run Men’s Club. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary Agnes (O’Gara) Branson; children, William G. Branson, Peggy (Michael) Beltrame, Ann (David) Ruhmkorff, Thomas (Karen) Branson and Rita (Larry) Parsons; sister-in-law, Betty Branson; fourteen grandchildren and one great-grandson. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Branson. Funeral services will be 9:30 AM Saturday, December 3rd at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, December 2nd from 3:00 – 8:00 pm at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary. Memorial contributions are suggested in his name to Seeds of Hope: 1425 S. Mickley Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46241


  • Visitation Friday, December 2, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, December 3, 2011

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Maureen & Kevin Griffin and Family

December 14, 2011

Dear Rita - we wanted to let you know how sorry we are for the loss of your father. We have been thinking about you and praying for you and your family. Your dad sounds like he was an wonderful person who was well liked and leaves behind a rich legacy.

God bless,

December 11, 2011

Tommy: Sorry to hear about your dad. I didn't know him well . . but all the fireman I know raved about him and thought he was their favorite ! Again, I'm sorry.
Jim Cuniffe

Jeff Arsenault

December 8, 2011

To Tom, Butch and Family, Carol and I send our sincerest sympathies. Wish I could have paid my respect personally, we were out of town last week. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

Tom Bruce

December 3, 2011

Tommy, My Deepest Sympathy to you and your Family. I know the feeling of losing a Parent. Your Dad's Memory will not fade, especially on the Eastside of Indy. I've talked, drank, played golf with mostly listened to your Dad for years. When he spoke you had to listen closely but you wanted to hear because you knew it would brighten your day! I last saw him early November, I think it was Veterans Day at the Irish Mutt. He stopped on his way out, tapped me on the shoulder to say hi and with his dry humor told me he hadn't seen you. We both know he was joshing me. Even with his failing health he still had his humor. He will be missed dearly.

Jim and Patti O'Hara

December 2, 2011

Parents are hard to lose, thank God they are so easy to remember.We are saddend by your loss.

John Leppert

December 2, 2011

Dear Mary Agnes, Peggy, Bill, Ann, Tom and Rita
I am sorry for your loss and it has been my pleasure to have shared some of my life with the Branson family. God bless you
John Leppert

Kevin Walsh

December 2, 2011

Branson Family, May your husband/father rest in peace. I know he was a great man.

Timothy Whitaker

December 2, 2011

Dear Brother Tom and Family,
I was saddened to hear about the loss of your Dad. Bill was one of my mentors on IFD and I always respected him as a Chief and as a man. I know he will be greatly missed. I understand (from Mrs. O'Gara) that on his last day he was able to converse with his friends at his favorite watering hole. I was glad to hear that as that's how he would have wanted his last day with all of us.
May God be with each of you during your grieving process and may you always remember the good things about your Dad. Sincerely, Tim Whitaker, Battalion Chief Retired, Indianapolis Fire Department

Bill Bowling

December 2, 2011

I did not know your dad Tom, But I know you, and i remember when you came to my dad's funeral meant a lot to me. I recently met your son at Scecina, and saw your youngest son at the game, you have some great kids. Bill Bowling

Kevin Carr

December 2, 2011

Rita, Tom, Butch, Ann and Peggy, we are so sorry for your loss. The eastside irish lost a true hero this week. A donation is being made to the Seeds of Hope in the "Chief's" name. God Bless!!

Kevin, Darcy, Jay and Lexi Carr