Ronald Dean Brannon

Ronald Dean Brannon, 75, of South Amherst, Ohio, entered eternal rest on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin, Ohio, following a long illness.

Dean was born on Feb. 1, 1939, in Withers, W.Va., and was a resident of South Amherst after moving from the Grafton, W.Va. area.

He attended the Middle Run School and the Eliam Baptist Church in Gilmer County, W.Va. Dean loved sharing time with family and friends, and as a young man often traveled between Ohio and West Virginia. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an accomplished fisherman. Fishing was his greatest pastime when he wasn’t enjoying other sports. He was an avid fan and a team sports enthusiast. He enjoyed motor sports as well, which included NASCAR and tractor pulling. His hobbies included working puzzles and reading western novels. He liked attending local fairs and festivals.

Survivors include his sister, Karen D. Arcaba and her husband, Chet, of South Amherst, Ohio; and sister, Debra L. Harrison of Fredericktown, Ohio; his brother, Rickie L. Brannon and his wife, Wilma, of Parkersburg; many nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry L. Brannon and Ruby G. Conrad (nee Godfrey); step-father, James R. Conrad; brother, Roger A. Brannon; and sister, Sharon L. Brannon.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Welcome Nursing Home for the exemplary care they provided to Dean and his family.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, W.Va. Burial will follow in the Turner-Union Cemetery in Lockney. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.

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