Michael Joseph Brannan, 81, of Sun City Center, FL passed away peacefully into eternal life on October 23, 2020 with his loving husband and close friends at his side. Mike was born on October 18, 1939 to Joseph and Nellie (Walker) Brannan in Lithopolis, OH. He graduated from Groveport High School in Groveport, OH in 1957. Mike married Eileen Coontz on April 9th , 1961. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1962 to 1964 in Battle Creek, MI where he and Eileen were stationed. During that time, Michael served as part of the Honor Guard for President Kennedy after he was assassinated.
Michael was an amazing person….so loved by all that had the extreme pleasure of knowing him. He strongly believed in giving back to the community and did so in many ways – volunteering at Life Path Hospice, the Sun City Emergency Squad, and serving as a Board member in the association where he and Dennis lived. Michael was a person of deep faith, and was dedicated to his church, where he shared his time and talents by serving on the Church Council as treasurer and singing in the choir. There is no one that did not experience his love of people and his total love for his church and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as well as the organizations where he volunteered so many hours. Michael will leave an emptiness in our hearts and a sadness for all that knew and loved him.
Mike is survived by his loving husband, partner, and best friend of 39 years, Dennis Douglas, his sister Sandi (Garry) O’Brien, former wife Eileen Ray, dearest friends Nancy DiBenedetto and Marylou Grzadzielewski, and numerous special friends from St. Paul Lutheran Church, LifePath Hospice, the Sun City Center Volunteer Emergency Squad, the Portsmith neighborhood, as well as special friends from Ohio (Betty, Barbara and Stanley), and Wisconsin.
A memorial service celebrating Mike’s life will be held on Friday, November 6 at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5103 N. Central Ave, Tampa, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church at the above address, or to LifePath Hospice, 3723 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 33573.
“I love you with the love of the Lord”