Wayne “Ozzie” Joseph Brannan

Brannan, Wayne_ovalNovember 4, 1936 ~ June 13, 2018

Wayne “Ozzie” J. Brannan 81, Sioux Falls, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Milbank Health Care and Rehab Center.

Visitation with family will be 2-4pm, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11am, Monday, June 18, at St. Therese Catholic Church, in Sioux Falls. Burial will follow at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Sioux Falls, with Full Military Honors.

Wayne “Ozzie” Joseph Brannan was born November 4, 1936, in Iowa City, Iowa. He was raised by his grandparents and went to live in Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. When he graduated high school and left Boys Town, he joined the United States Air Force.

Upon completion of his service, “Ozzie” returned to Sioux Falls where he met and married Julianna Clair West. The couple was married on January 2, 1960. Ozzie worked for John Morrell’s for over 32 years as a meat cutter. Upon his retirement, he went to work for the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese as a maintenance person from 1991 to 2005, when he officially retired. In July of 2007, Julianna passed away. Ozzie lived in Brandon for a brief time near his son’s family. Due to health reasons, Ozzie moved to the Milbank Health Care and Rehab Center in 2018.

Ozzie loved to work outside gardening and mowing the lawn. He also loved to watch the birds, the deer, and other wild animals that frequented his backyard feeder. One of his famous collections was Matchbox cars. He also collected hats. The most important thing to Ozzie was his family. He loved to spend time with his grandkids doing all kinds of activities including hunting and fishing. Ozzie was very involved as a member of St Therese Catholic Church and loved to help out with different things around the church. One of his other favorite pastimes was watching the Minnesota Twins and the Green Bay Packers.

Ozzie will be deeply missed by his son, David (Shari) Brannan, Big Stone City, SD; five grandchildren, Joey, Chelsey, Alesha, Katie, and Kelly; two brothers, Bill and Mike Brannan, Sioux Falls; along with many nieces and nephews.

Ozzie was preceded in death by his wife, Julie; one son, Douglas; one grandson, Matthew; and one sister, Roberta.

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  • Shelly Leither says:

    I have so many memories of Ozzie as a neighbor and through St. Therese. I can’t remember not knowing him and your mom. He was always so personable and I know when I would see him outside that I was always welcome to come and sit and chat. He usually had a story to tell. I am sorry for your loss. He was a very kind and forgiving man and I was in awe of his Faith many times. God Bless you Wayne as you join your Heavenly home.

  • J.M.J.

    I convey my sincerest condolences on the passing of +Wayne Joseph. May he rest in peace. I have many happy memories of him. I will offer the Holy Mass for his Soul’s blessed repose. May the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary with Saint Joseph comfort all those who mourn the departure of +Wayne from this life.

  • Dan & Linda Mickalowski says:

    What a special man your father was! He always had time to visit with us and loved his laugh and smile. We always looked forward to seeing him at St. Therese. Dan has many memories of Ozzie from Morrell’s to working together at the Diocese. May all your precious memories bring you comfort and peace.

  • Dan & Linda Mickalowski says:

    What a special man your Dad was!! We always looked forward to seeing him at St. Therese. He always had time to visit after Mass and you could count on seeing his big smile and hearing his hearty laugh. Dan has many special memories of working with Ozzie at Morrell’s and the Diocese. May all your precious memories bring you comfort and peace. God’s Blessings!

  • Laura J says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort sustain you as you await the promises found at John 5:28,29 and Rev. 21:4 where God promises to do away with all the things that cause us suffering and pain including death here on the earth forever. (Psalm 37:29) It is my sincere hope that these thoughts comfort your family at this time.


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