Frederick Daniel Branco

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October 13, 1936 - April 29, 2015

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Branco, Frederick Daniel, of Saint Charles, MO, died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at the age of 78. Loving husband of Shirley Branco; beloved son of the late Carl and Dorothy Branco; devoted father of David (Marsha) Branco and Stephen (Cassandra) Branco; cherished grandfather of Erin, Marshall, Jocelyn, Daniel, Bryan, Benjamin, and Carrie Branco, Adrienne, and Eric Pitts; treasured great-grandfather of Peyton McElroy; also survived by many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his brothers Richard and Dean Branco.
Frederick was born and raised in Holstein, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Frederick worked in a small animal practice, then in the USDA Meat Inspection Program, and finally as a United Methodist Pastor. He was a beloved friend to many, locally and throughout Missouri. Frederick enjoyed farming, traveling with his RV, camping, hiking, and canoeing. Frederick loved spending time at his favorite coffee shops, including Picasso's and Crooked Tree. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Joel Watkins April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    See ya Freddy. We’ll miss your face @ the Crooked Tree. Maybe you can get some better help with your crossword puzzels in heaven. Enjoy your new adventure!!!

  2. Mary DuBois April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    With Fred’s passing, we have lost a gentleman and a scholar. At the Crooked Tree, he was the brains of the outfit. It was a joy to know him. Fred, we’re really going to miss you.

  3. Dean and Jan Harmon April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Shirley and FamilyWe are sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. May all your good memories give you comfort.

  4. Rebecca April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Shirley, we will always miss Fred, whom I knew as Branco. I loved talking with him about camping, and listening to his great story about your first camping trip together! He was a blessing every morning at Picasso’s. We all love and miss him. I told him last time I talked to him that I’d think of him when I camp. 🙂 Love and prayers, Rebecca McGuire

  5. Rebecca April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Shirley, we will all miss Fred, whom many of us knew as Branco. I loved talking with him about camping, and listening to his great story about your first camping/float trip together! He would ask me after every weekend, “Been camping?” I told him I’d think of him when I camp, and that’s what we were doing Tuesday night. Much love and prayers from all of us at Picasso’s. <3 Rebecca McGuire

  6. the fieselers April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    ShirleySo sorry to hear that Dan (that’s who we remember him as) died. You know, he promised us that he would come and preside over our funerals. So it goes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. John and Jackie

  7. James Carpenter, D.V.M. April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    The Branco family should find peace and comfort in knowing Fred is at rest and has eternal life in the presence of our Savior. Fred had and expressed the faith required for his and our salvation. Blessings, Jim Carpenter, classmate

  8. Sally Casteel April 30, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Branco family. What a wonderful man he was, Heaven has gained such an incredible soul. He touched so many lives during his time in Hatton, MO at Pleasant Grove, he is still dearly loved and will be missed by so many.

  9. Terry Gilmore May 1, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Rev. Branco was one of the most caring, loving, compassionate people to ever bless our lives. He cared so deeply in so many ways. Our daughter worked at The Spot Cafe in Fulton, Mo and he would go visit prior to early morning service. He cared about all the kids in Hatton and wanted to know them personally. Our prayers are with the family.

  10. Ken & Pat Butler May 1, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Rev. Fred was an exceptional man of God. He was loved by all. He made a point of following the local sport teams at the local schools. All the men I know agree that he was the most admired and respected pastor that Haton and McCredie ever had. He could speak the language of farmers. He could be quite humorous, but never at any one else’s expense. We will remember him for ever.

  11. Ken & Pat Butler May 1, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

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  12. Megan Louise Rowe May 1, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I’m a fellow regular at Picasso’s coffeeshop. My sons and I go in there before my eldest son, Robby, has to go to school in the morning. Branco was always so friendly, making goofy faces at my kids and asking Robby about himself. He was truly a blessing to my family and he will be very missed.

  13. Jack Ketcher May 3, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Shirley,You and Fred have been special clergy friends to Alice and I.We always looked forward to being with both of you. Fred could always come up with his inspiring opinions on most any subject. He will be greatly missed by his fellow pastor families . Love Jack Ketcher.

  14. Darlene & Don Schmidt May 3, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Shirley, so sorry to hear about Dan. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you.Darlene & Don SchmidtHolstein, Iowa

  15. Dennis & Joyce Wagner May 3, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    The Wagners – Scout Family

  16. Dennis & Joyce Wagner May 3, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Even though we did not personally know Mr. Fred Branco, we know that he will be missed. He has left a wonderful legacy in the family of Steve and Cassandra Branco and their children who we have come to know and cherish as friends. GOD keep you all in his hands in the days ahead. The Wagners

  17. Annette Brown Bradley June 10, 2015 at 12:00 am - Reply

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Fred was an amazing man and I was so blessed not only to have him as a pastor in my youth but then found him again in college. Heaven definitely gained an angel!!!!

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