Richard "Dick" Henry Branaugh, age 76, of Mission Hill, SD, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Reverend Mark Lichter officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a Rosary at 7:00 PM and a Vigil Service at 7:30 PM. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers are Lynn Schoenfelder, Dean Permann, Tim Schroeder, Micah Schoenfelder, Tom Stirling and Doug Moon. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren: Mason Schoenfelder, Lexi and Alli Permann, Mikayla, McKenzie and Madison Schroeder.
Dick was born on October 10, 1938 to Benjamin and Marie (Schuldt) Branaugh at home on a farm near Yankton. He attended Grove School and Yankton High School. After high school, he began working for his uncle doing construction and later worked as a plumber. He then began his career at Gurney Seed and Nursery, which he continued for 28 years, retiring in 1987 as the field supervisor. He was best known for the vegetable and gladiola gardens. As we found out over the years, if you worked at Gurney's, you probably worked for Dick.
He met and married the love of his life, Darlene Muntefering, on June 2, 1962 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Dimock, SD. They shared almost 53 loving years together, raising and nurturing their four beautiful children.
Dick was a strong, hardworking man who loved being outdoors. He enjoyed activities such as, attending auction sales, where he collected antiques and collectible. He also loved duck hunting, fishing, bird watching, spending countless hours at the stockyards, and going for rides to the lake. Dick was also known to be a great gardener and for growing the best tomatoes ever! He also made ever Christmas special by bringing home the most beautiful "flocked" Christmas tree he could find. Most of all he loved his family. He got a "twinkle" in his eye when he could spoil his grandchildren with treats like Hostess Zingers, candy bars, and $2.00 bills, and left his "weiner dog signature" on every card he signed. He attended many of their school and sporting events, enjoying soccer, softball, baseball and football games, as well as, school plays and dance recitals. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, SD, a former member of the Moose Lodge, and former Mayor of Mission Hill, SD.
Survivors include his loving and caring wife, Darlene Branaugh of Mission Hill, SD; four children: Tammy (Lynn) Schoenfelder of Tripp, SD; Ricky Branaugh of Placerville, CA; Lori (Dean) Permann of Menifee, CA; and Brenda (Tim) Schroeder of Yankton, SD; seven grandchildren: Micah and Mason Schoenfelder , Lexi and Alli Permann, and Mikayla, McKenzie, and Madison Schroeder; a sister, Helen Nash of Stockton, MO; brother-in-law, Richard Sowell of Beaverton, OR; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Marie Branaugh; his father and mother-in-law, Irvin and Leona Muntefering; grandson, Christian Schoenfelder; sister, Ethel Sowell; and two brothers-in-law, Claude Nash and Bill Muntefering; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
To Darlene and family,
I offer my condolences for your loss. Dick looms large in my memories of childhood. He always had a side long smile or teasing comment to my silliness. I remember him with fondness and wish I could be there to remember him with you all in person.
To my family....I am so so sorry for your loss...I love you all very much. Aunt Darlene, Tammy, Rick, Lori and Brenda and your families...He was a great man and he will be missed.
Jane Asmus and family
To the Branaugh family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember being greeted with kindness and a smile...even though we were a group of teenage silly girls. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you and safe journey for those travelling.
Elaine (Cabalka) Jansen and family
Dear Darlene and family,
My heartfelt sympathies to you all for the loss of a wonderful husband and father. I will always remember my days in Mission Hill and his smile and hanging around with everyone. Could never tell when he was teasing half the time. My sincere condolences.
Robin Aman (Budde)
Darlene Dear, Brenda and families; Lyle I feel badly that we cannot show our sincere sympathy to you all at the loss of your dear husband and father and grandfather, by attending his funeral or rosary. However, we have a prior commitment for the next three days, which is paid for in advance and non refundable. Please, accept our sincere apologies and sympathy. We hope you found the card and food we left at the house in Mission Hill. We are truly sorry, Dick was such a great example of what a husband and father and grandfather should be. God bless you all and Darlene, be assured I will be checking on you when we return. Jesus and we love you all.
Marlene and Lyle Johnson
Darlene and family, Sorry to hear about Dick. We did not know until last night. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and the kids. Dick was a great guy!!!
Gary and Sandy Butterfield
Dear Darlene and families,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you, Our parayers an thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Love Kathy & Dennis Bruske
we have been gone to calif. and other places didn't know Dick passed so sorry for your loss he was and his wife so good to my parents when they lived in Mission hill!!!Deepest sympathy to you all!!!Sorry this is late but didn't know before!!!!
vi and don heimes
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