Branch, Robert J., Saginaw, Michigan

Local golf courses and bowling alleys have lost a familiar presence, and the Detroit Lions a loyal fan. Bob Branch slipped the surly bonds of earth and touched the face of God Saturday, May 7, 2011, after a brief illness. A native and lifelong Saginaw resident, Robert James Branch was born on March 18, 1933, to James and Helen (Whalen) Branch. He married Lynne Ann Foglesong on July 9, 1955. She survives him. Bob was proud of his three children: Greg (Ann) Branch, Karen (John) Kujawa and Scott (Julie) Branch, and he adored his seven grandchildren: Grace, Samuel and Benjamin Branch; Dakota Cymbal and Cassidy Kujawa; and Tyler and Tristan Branch, all of Saginaw. He is also survived by his sister, Jean Thomas. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Bob was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1566 and the American Legion. For more than 35 years, Bob worked for Consumers Power Company as a meter reader, tree-trimmer and substation operator. After his retirement in 1994, he devoted much of his time and energy to the pursuit of the 300 game, which he achieved in 2009, and the hole-in-one. He spent much of his time at the family cottage at Sand Lake, and was a big fan of the History and Sci-Fi Channels, Red Wing Hockey and U of M football. He was known for his sense of humor, his fierce competitive spirit, and his warmth and devotion to friends and family. A funeral service for Bob will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty). Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens where military honors will be presented by V.F.W. Post #1566. Friends may call the funeral home where the family will be present on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider gifts to the Saginaw County Veterans Memorial Plaza or VFW Post #1566.