Manferd O. "Manny" Branby, 777th
7 September 1999
Manferd O. "Manny" Branby, 75, retired fisheries manager
for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Detroit Lakes, died at Dakota
Heartland Hospital in Fargo on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The funeral was at 2 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 10, from First Lutheran Church, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating. Juliette
Gunderson was the organist and the soloist was Janice Ramsey. Interment was at Oak
Grove Cemetery, with the West-Kjos Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Serving
as the pallbearers were Mike Branby, John Tillisch, Craig Branby, Gary Schaub and Greg
Miller. The honorary pallbearers included Julie Branby, Stephanie Tillisch, Sarah Branby
and Shawn Branby.
Military rites were conducted by Jess-Omundson Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post No. 1676 of Detroit Lakes.
Manferd O. Branby, son of Gerhard and Esther Helland Branby,
was born at Glenwood on June 27, 1924, grew up and attended school there and graduated
from Glenwood High School (Class of 1942). He served with the United States Army Air
Corps during World War II, was stationed with the 464th Bomb Group in Italy as a navigator
and was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1945.
On Aug. 31, 1946, Mr. Branby and Ruth Fischer were married at
Shakopee. They lived in Glenwood, where he was with the DNR, and moved to Detroit
Lakes in 1961. He was named as fisheries manager here in 1970 and retired in 1982. The
Branbys moved into Park Manor in Detroit Lakes, where he served as caretaker until
1995 when they moved to their current residence.
A member of First Lutheran Church, Mr. Branby belonged to the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Eagles and the Elks and enjoyed golf, bowling and working
Surviving are his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Kathy (Bruce) Tillisch,
Fargo; a son, Larry Branby, Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Branby, Grand Forks,
N. D.; three brothers, Don Branby, Grand Junction, Colo.; Harlan (Loree) Branby, Anacortes,
Wash., and Garfield (Cydera) Branby, Frazee, and two sisters, Bette Schaub, Albert Lea,
and Wanda (John) Miller, Bloomington. There are seven grandchildren. Preceding Mr.
Branby in death were a son (Tom) and his parents.