Phone: (906) 786-2142
400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Jeffrey "Jeff" Warren Branson
Date of Death: November, 01 2021

Jeffrey “Jeff” Warren Branson, 66, Escanaba, passed away on All Saints Day, Monday, November 1, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital due to complications from COVID-19. He was born on April 22, 1955 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, son of Ruth (Andersen) Branson and the late Edgar Warren Branson.
As a youngster, he was a competitor on the YMCA swim team of Green Bay and a Cub Scout where he learned knot-tying, a skill that helped him throughout his lifetime in the marine industry. He sailed with his family as a youngster. After his father died in 1969, Jeff and his brothers moved to Escanaba when their mother married Dale Vinette in 1971.
Jeff was very active in AA for over 40 years, and it was in AA that he found his Higher Power. He dedicated himself as a sponsor to many others in the program.
Over the years, Jeff was associated with the Bark River Lions Club, served as a Big Brother in the Escanaba program, and was a regular blood donor. He was known as the Branson/Vinette family singer at holiday celebrations. He loved spending Sunday afternoons with his dog Max driving down country back roads. Max was Jeff’s constant companion at home and at work.
For over 30 years, Jeff worked as a very skilled heavy equipment operator alongside his brother Dan at Vinette Boat Works. He was also a skilled metal fabricator and welder.
Jeff is survived by his mother Ruthie Vinette; his brothers Chris (April) Branson and Dan (Roxanne) Branson; his step-brother Tom (Maggie) Vinette and step-sisters Joan Vinette and Ann (Tim) Rutkoske; his Branson nieces and nephews Dane, Molly, Abby, and his Vinette nieces and nephews Kimmarie, Maurine, Cayte, Ann, Kendra, David, Emily, and Claire. He leaves behind his beloved dog Max.
He was preceded in death by his father Edgar Branson and his step-father Dale Vinette.
Jeff will be remembered for saying “Oh well, whatever. . .” He will be missed by his family and many friends.
A celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 2021, with Rev. Terry Frankenstein presiding. Following the service, there will be a time for fellowship and sharing of memories of Jeff. The family requests that everyone wear a mask at the church.
The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Branson family.
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  • "Sending sincere wishes on condolence to Jeff's family, especially Ruthie and Dan. Heaven is a better place these days because Jeff lives there now. I'll miss the laughs that were shared every time Jef was around."
    -Jeff Gerber

  • "We are so saddened to hear of Jeffs passing. He was such a good man. Many blessings and prayers of peace to family and friends"
    -Mark and mary malnor

  • "We love you Guzz"
    -Beth & Wayne Peterson

  • "Jeff lived across the road from us for awhile and as we got to know each other he became a good fishing buddy and friend. Jeff was always willing to lend a hand and help no matter what it was we needed and became our regular snow plow guy, refusing to take any money ever. I'll always remember him saying 'How bout cha?' all the time with a smile. Saddened to hear of his passing. He was a great neighbor and a greater friend. "
    -Brian Wingo

  • "We're taking extra special care of Max for you, Jeff! He misses you a ton, but he's such a good, good dog and he's being very brave. He's a great fetch partner and he has lots of runs in the woods and lake time and couch snuggles in his future. We miss you too. All our love and condolences to Ruthie, Chris, Dan, and everyone who loved Jeff."
    -Pierre & Emily Kornak

  • "Ruth, I express my deepest sympathy to you and Jeff's brothers and their families on the passing away of Jeff. I know it is hard when a mother loses a child, as that is not how it should be. May the memories you have of Jeff help ease your pain as time moves on. I will keep you in thought and prayer. My Sympathy, Mary C. Gierke."
    -Mary C. Gierke

  • "My sympathy to Jeff’s family. “RIP old friend “ "
    -Pat DeLaire, Fort Myers, Fl.

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