OBITUARY

Ronald Eugene Branam

April 17, 1939May 13, 2020

Born in Whittier, CA, his family moved to Earlham, IA where he attended Earlham High School. He moved to Des Moines in 1958 upon his marriage to Sandy (Compton) Branam. He has lived in West Des Moines for the last 50+ years.

He attended the American Institute of Business and Minnesota School of Business and received a Degree in Court Reporting from both schools. Shortly after starting a 40-year career within the Polk County and State of Iowa Judicial Branch, he suffered a devastating injury which left him a quadriplegic. He remained wheelchair-bound the rest of his life. He did not let this injury become a stumbling block, but rather a stepping stone as he pursued a career in the Iowa legal community. He was named the State Handicapped Employee of the Year and was the first recipient of the Iowa Supreme Court’s Distinguished Service Award. He was an honorary member of the Iowa Court Reporters Association and Polk County Bar Association. He was a member of the West Des Moines United Methodist Church.

Ron was truly an extraordinary man who left many laughing from his well told jokes over the years. He was loved and respected in The Legal community and will be deeply missed by those fortunate to have known him. We should all live by his example of a tenacious and optimistic outlook on life. He had a contagious smile and a little bit of an ornery, fun side that would pull people close to him. Simply a fine man and a hero to many.

Ron had a deep devotion to his wife, Sandy and he cherished his time spent with his daughter, Julie Branam (Rick Wenger) of New York City, son, Ronald Jr. (Dina) of Grove, OK, and grandson, Luke Branam-Wenger of Seattle, WA.

In addition to his children and grandson, he is survived by Sandy, his wife of 62 years; two sisters, Judy (Ron) Moehlis of Cedar Falls, IA and Shirley (Allen) Coyle of Indianola, IA, and numerous sister and brother-in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Esther Branam.

At his request, his body will be cremated and there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be directed to the Spinal Cord Injury Association of Iowa or West Des Moines United Methodist Church.

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Marilyn Romine

May 17, 2020

Ron always had such a great sense of humor, and we shared many a laugh over coffee in the cafeteria of the courthouse during my time working there. My condolences to all of you. May the love and memories you shared together comfort you in the days ahead.

Barb Fenton Clatt

May 17, 2020

Ron was one of my very favorite people on Earth. I had the pleasure of sharing an office with him for several years at the courthouse where we worked hard and laughed daily. He was the warmest, funniest, smartest and most genuine person you could ever hope to meet. Over the years, since he retired and I moved on, I would still get the occasional phone call with that warm, familiar voice, just checking in. It always made my day. Ron made the most of the hand he was dealt and lived a wonderful life with his best friend, wife and co-gardener, Sandy. He was so very proud of his children and his grandson and always had stories to share about their achievements. I know his loss leaves a hole in their hearts, but he has left them with a lifetime of memories that will surely bring about many smiles and laughter in the days and years to come! RIP my friend. Well done❤️

Gaila Conklin

May 17, 2020

Sandy, Ron, Julie and Luke, My heart breaks for you because I know what a huge hole Ron’s passing will mean in your life and your hearts. Ron was my boss and my friend. Ornery and funny, my favorite kind of person. He had the love and respect of everyone in the Court System. He was a bright light in this world. May he Rest In Peace and may you all find the strength to get through this difficult time.

Catherine DiMarco

May 16, 2020

Dear Julie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. I know what it's like... Love and prayers, Cathy

Jan Rouse

May 16, 2020

I was fortunate to meet Ron when I became the Administrative Assistant to the Polk County Clerk of Court. He always had a joke to tell and a smile to share whenever you saw him. I always looked forward to seeing Ron as he was like a “breathe of fresh air” wherever we met. I remember going to Ron and Sandy’s home to see their gorgeous gardens. Ron was so happy to tell us about every plant. Thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and his family during this difficult time.

Lori Holm

May 16, 2020

Ron was a guiding light, a trusted and welcoming resource. His smile and calming demeanor was appreciated and is missed at the Courthouse. He was and continues to be an inspiration. Rest in Peace till we meet again.

Lori Holm

Gene gjackson9@gmail.com

May 15, 2020

Thanks for so many fine memories handicapping the horses.
Rest in peace my friend.

Gene

Ronnie (crazybear) Warlick

May 15, 2020

May not have met in real life but through many emails for many many years we considered each other good friends.We traded a lot of jokes back and forth.He was a top notch horse handcapper who would help people if they asked
You be missed by many R I P
Condolences and prayers for all the family.

Clarence Donaldson

May 15, 2020

Super guy! It has been a pleasure knowing him.

Mike Christensen

May 14, 2020

One of my best friends and a great role model who will be missed by all who knew him. Ron and Sandy had a wonderful relationship which they displayed proudly to their family and friends . I will truly miss our times together. Rest In Peace.

FROM THE FAMILY

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