William Branning, 95

LARWILL — William F. Branning, 95, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital Emergency Room where he was transported from his home.He was born Jan. 15, 1917, in Fort Wayne, a son of Edward H. and Irene F. (Mosshammer) Branning.His formative years were spent in Aboite Township. In 1937 he moved to Whitley County.On April 16, 1941, he was inducted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged Aug. 19, 1945.On Oct. 20, 1946, he was united in marriage to Blanche E. Orcutt. In June, 1951, they moved to their home in Etna Troy Township. Mrs. Branning died June 4, 2000.A machinist, he retired from Economy Machine in Roanoke in 1989.His memberships included Larwill Due Guard Lodge #278 Free & Accepted Masons.Surviving relatives include two sons and a daughter, Lin (Mary) Branning, Timothy Branning and Donna (Jeffrey) Jones, all of Columbia City; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paul Branning of Warsaw.In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Conrad Branning and Elmer Branning.The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Tuesday.The burial will be in Washington Union Cemetery, Kosciusko County with military honors presented by the Whitley County Korean War Veterans Honor Guard.Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health & Hospice.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.