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James William Branch

James William Branch, 79, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at his home.

James was born on February 25, 1942 in East St. Louis to William and Delores (Brady) Branch.  He married Clara Nell Luffman on February 20, 1960 in East St. Louis, MO and she preceded him in death.  James retired from the U.S. Navy Seabees and was a member of the Freemasons.

Survivors include:

Sister-Gail Shannon

Brother-Terry Branch


Shara Branch

Ashley Foster

Jason Jaggard

Alissin Branch

Ariel Branch

Evan DeRosia

Hunter Luffman

Great grandchildren:

Savannah Bennett

Sabastian Bennett

Jonathan Bankes

Jadalyn Banks

Makayla Jaggard

Jude Banks

Hank Chen

Xander Jaggard

Great-great grandchildren:

Aiden Clark

Corbin Clark

Jaxon Clark

Ryan Clark

Extended family:

Jeffrey Klasser

Andria Correia

Robert Frailey

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and daughter, Shelly Branch. James’ wishes were to be cremated.  An inurnment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements

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