Jerry L. Branham, 73, of Rawlins, passed away June 24, 2013. He was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Nowata, OK to parents Ada F. (Adamson) and Charles M. Branham. At the age of four, he moved to SuSank, KS and attended school in Hoisington, KS, where he played football and graduated in 1958. He was married to Linda Benningfield and moved to Great Bend, KS. He lived in Longbeach, CA, Anchorage, AK, and Bakersfield, CA, and Rawlins, WY while working for B.J. Hughes, who he worked for until 1986. In 1989, he purchased the old Harris Jewelry Store in Rawlins, and operated the store until his retirement in 2010. His hobbies included riding his four-wheeler, hunting and shooting gophers, woodworking, traveling and sightseeing, and wordsearch puzzles. He was a life member of The Elks, a member of The Kiwanis Club, and partook of DDA in Rawlins for two years. He was also a faithful member of Harvestime Ministries Church in Rawlins. He is remembered for his kind and generous nature. He never knew a stranger and always had a smile and sincere hello. Survivors include his lifelong companion, Hazel M. Sanchez of Rawlins; children: Steven (Baudelia) Branham of Rawlins, Kent (Rosa) Branham of Rock Springs, Valerie (Alan) Atkins of Littleton, CO, and Trini Martinez, Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Marlene (Richard) Amerine of Hoisington, KS; grandchildren: Sasha (Andy) Katchvaros of Conroe, TX, Stephanie (Josh) Kramer of Rawlins, Guadalupe (Juani) Gonzalez of Jacksonville, FL, Patricia Ann (Brian) Holcomb of Rawlins, Kayla Jean White of Cadillac, MI, Monica Gonzalez of Rawlins, Hailey McIntosh of Rawlins, Lerona Gonzalez of Jacksonville, FL, and Johnathan Gonzalez of Jacksonville, FL; a great-granddaughter, Karlee Kramer of Rawlins; and numerous nieces and nephews from Kansas, Alabama and New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Donnie Branham; and by his wife, Linda (Benningfield) Branham.
Friday, June 28, 2013 10:00am
822 W. Walnut St.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Interment with Graveside Services will take place on Mon. July 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hoisington Cemetery, Hoisington, KS.