May 27, 1917 Pocahontas Pocahontas County Iowa, USA
Jun. 24, 2007 Boone Boone County Iowa, USA
Ames Tribune: Saturday June 30 2007
Vincent Walter Branigan, 90, resident of Eastern Star Masonic Home of Boone since 2006 and formerly of Pocahontas died Sunday June 24 at Eastern Star Masonic Home of Boone. Funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, at Church of the Sacred Heart of Boone, with Father Steve Brodersen officiating. Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5 at Calvary Cemetery in Pocahontas with Father Merrill Collasch officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the graveside by Pocahontas American Legion Post 18. Vincent Walter Branigan was born in Pocahontas, the son of Walter William and Alyce Margaret O'Connor Branigan. Growing up he attended schools in the Pocahontas area. He went on to attend Iowa State University where he took agricultural courses. He entered the U.S.Army in 1942, where he served 4 years. He entered France one week after the D-Day invasion. He was wounded in Germany in April 1945 and spent one year recovering at McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, Texas. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. After the war, he worked as a field man for the Berkshire News and later the Hamp. During this time he married Barbara Edna Baldwin on May 15, 1953. A year later the couple settled on a farm in Pocahontas County that he still farmed at the time of his death. The couple moved to an acreage near Boone in 1979. He was a member of Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church of Pocahontas, Church of the Sacred Heart of Boone; Pocahontas Co.Board of Supervisors and Advisory Board; Professional Farmers of America, and Farm Bureau of Boone and Pocahontas. He also traveled abroad extensively in agricultural areas. He is survived by his wife Barbara of Boone, one daughter Kathy Strohl and her husband, John of Madrid; one sister Benita Lowery of Las Vegas, two neices and one nephew, Teresa Childs of Las Vegas, Elizabeth Fergerson of Dallas, and John Lowry of Las Vegas, and numerous cousins and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ronald. Memorials will be given to the Iowas State University Agricultural Endowment for the Support of Scholarships and Seminars and the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Holy Family in Dubuque. Schroeder-Walter Funeral Home of Boone is in charge of arrangements.