Ronald J. Branham 

Ronald J. Branham, age 80, of Ann Arbor, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018 at his home. 

He was born on Sept. 11, 1938, in Martin, the son of Joe and Earcie (Jarrell) Branham. He moved to Chelsea, Mich. in 1953 and attended Chelsea High School, graduating with the class of 1957. 

He was a volunteer of the Chelsea Fire Department for a number of years,  and was active in the Chelsea Jaycees, where he was president and went on to be a State vice-president for Washtenaw County. Ron worked for Gelman Instruments in Chelsea and Ann Arbor. He was self-employed, doing Hot Shot Express Deliveries, having only one accident (because of black ice) in over 600,000 miles. 

He always said, “I saw the United States through the windshield of my van.” After retiring, his hobby was classic cars. He was a member of Chelsea Classic Cruisers. He also liked four-wheeling up north and in Kentucky, and was the keeper of all genealogy for the family.

He married Delores A. Frey on Oct. 12, 1974, and she survives. Also surviving are his three children Jeffrey (Sheila) Branham of Chelsea, Tracy Branham of Ann Arbor and Susan Branham of Chelsea; two grandsons of whom he was so proud, Joshua Branham of Atlanta, Ga. and Nate Branham of Austin, Tex.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Ella Branham, Emmalene  Anthis, Berndine (Lowell) Higgins, Joyce (Rob) Fane, Peggy (Ron) Henderson, Denny (Debbie) Frey, Marcella Montgomery, and Ruth Ann Frey (sister-in-law). He was preceded in death by his parents, brother James Branham, sister Audry Bongo, infant brother Ralph Branham and niece Melissa Turner.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. at Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial followed at Oak Grove East Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Great Lakes Hospice or Chelsea Fire Authority.

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