WHEATLAND – A funeral service for George Alfred Branscom, 85, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the United Church of Christ in Wheatland with Pastor Joe Bair officiating. A visitation will be held following the service. Interment will be in the Wheatland Cemetery. George Alfred Branscom passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.
George Branscom was born Monday, July 29, 1935, in Osage, the son of Lucinda Jane Draper-Branscom and Harley Goldie Branscom. He attended school in Osage and graduated from Upton High School in 1953. During his high school years, he worked at the Osage grocery store. After graduation he worked in the oil field driving trucks and checking pumps. He then went to work for Black Hills Power and Light at the Osage Power Plant.
George married Joan Wellman on December 29, 1957, and was inducted into the United States Army on January 8, 1958. He attended basic and advanced basic training at Fort Carson, Colorado and was then deployed to Germany. After serving his tour of duty, he returned to the Wellman Ranch at Newcastle, Wyoming where he was employed until he and Joan moved to Laramie. While in Laramie, George worked for the University of Wyoming, the Bureau of Mines, and the Natural Resources Research Institute doing cloud seeding on Elk Mountain. He also owned George’s Texaco when gasoline was 29 cents a gallon.
In 1967, he accepted a position as the Administrative Supply Technician with the Wyoming National Guard in Wheatland. In 1975, he transferred to Camp Guernsey, Wyoming as the Camp Supply Officer where he remained until his retirement in 1995.
He was awarded membership in The Honorable Order of Saint Barbara for distinguished service in the Field Artillery Corp by the Nebraska Army National Guard.
George was a member of the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department and served as secretary for 13 years.
As a member of American Legion Ora Call Post No. 10, George served as their Adjutant.
He was an avid member of the Pony Express and served as Ride Captain for many years.
George was very involved in the Masonic Lodge. He served as Worshipful Master of Wheatland Lodge No. 16 and held various offices. He was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, served as Worthy Patron in Wheatland Chapter No. 11. George and Nadine Raffelson led the Grand Chapter of Wyoming Order of Eastern Star as Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron in 1989-1990.
George’s interests included square dancing, motorcycle riding, snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, camping, jeeping, horseback riding, and raising sheep. He was always willing to watch a good John Wayne movie and share with his grandchildren and was overall a family man.
George is survived by his wife, Joan of Wheatland; son, Alan (Brenda); grandchildren, Samantha (Brock) Weitzel, Jaylee, Dustin, Brandy, and Grace Branscom; and great granddaughter, Harper Weitzel all of Laramie; sisters, Edna Douglas of Upton, Wyoming, and Rose Brooks of Arlington, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas George Branscom; his parents; brothers, Clifford, Ned, and Robert; sisters, Betty Jane and Mary May; and nephew, Jay Douglas.
Serving as pallbearers will be Gale Kittell, Jim Kittell, Clay Branscom, Dale Douglas, Clyde Harris, and Jerry Garrison.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Joan Branscom.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com.