Donald “Don” Edmond Branick, age 82, Greenwood, MO, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, January 21, 2022. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 25th at 6pm, followed by memorial service at 7pm; Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, MO. Burial will be held Wednesday, January 26th at 1pm; Hazelgreen Cemetery in Boulder City, Missouri.
Don was born January 23, 1939 to Keith and Irene (Devereaux) Branick in Newton County, Missouri. He grew up on the family farm, Branick Dairy, in Neosho, Missouri. He graduated from Neosho High School in 1957 and worked for Rocketdyne, building rocket engines. He married Carolyn Townsend and they had two children, James and Deborah, before divorcing. Don was active in the Lee’s Summit community for many years, participating in the Jaycees, Fair Board, Ararat Shrine, and Elks.
Don owned a construction company, Branick Construction, and built many commercial buildings in the midwest. In 1979, while building Indian Creek Nursing Center of Missouri, he met and later married, Sandra Moret. Together over 40 years, they enjoyed spending time with friends and family at Table Rock Lake, boating, fishing, playing cards and grilling. He loved his sports including Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and racing.
In the early 90’s, Don joined his son working for Burdg Dunham & Associates, where he worked until his retirement, building out retail stores across the US including many Yankee Candles & Maurices. Don will be remembered for his faith, devotion to family and friends, and strong work ethic.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, step-mom, Eva “Irene” (Smith) Branick, sisters Toby Branick, Wilhelmina Ryan, & Gretchen Hurlburt, and brother Bill Branick.
Survivors include his wife Sandy Branick, sister Elaine Griffin, children James (Jim) Branick, Deborah (Debbie) Thole, Bill Moret, Forrest Moret, Leslie Harshaw, grandchildren Randy Thole, Melissa Thole, Caressa Maher, Brooke Harshaw, Paige Rittinghouse, Cole Harshaw, William Moret, Forrest Moret, Aleksandra Moret, and great grandson Charles Bilyeu.