Brannon Thomas Thompson

Born: Tue., Nov. 9, 1937
Died: Sun., Sep. 22, 2013


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 25, 2013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 25, 2013
Location: Donald B Thompson Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Sep. 26, 2013
Location: Holy Family Catholic Community Church


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Brannon Thomas Thompson, 75, of Middletown, MD passed away Sunday, surrounded by family, on September 22, 2013.  Born November 9, 1937, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Wesley and Margaret Thompson. He was the husband of Carolyn Pegher Thompson, who he married on October 26th, 1963. Bran grew up in Bakerstown, PA and enlisted in the US Army out of high school.  

Bran was the loving father of David Thompson  (wife Dana), Mary Lee (Thompson) Quealy (husband Mike), and Ken Thompson (wife Shawn).  Bran is survived by sister Irene Thompson Petasnick, and grandchildren Ashley, Jaeger, Kelly, Michael, Joey, Lilli, and Buckley.

Bran was a member of AMVETS, VFW, American Legion, Ft. Detrick All Service Retiree Council, Major General Boyd Cook Memorial foundation, Inc., Rotary, and Elks.

Bran joined the 101st Airborne after high school for two hitches and then joined the Air Force Reserve where he rose to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant & Senior Enlisted Advisor as the youngest reservist to attain that rank in the history of Air Force Reserve.  He also served as Chair, U.S. Air Reserve Forces Enlisted Advisory Panel for the Asst. Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs.  In 1979 he left the Air Force Reserves with over 24 years of service.  He later joined the Army Reserves and finally retired with over 38 years of total service. Bran was also involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he was awarded the “Silver Beaver Award,” received on the average of one out of a thousand adult Scout Leaders.

In his civilian life, while in the reserves, he was employed as a Federal Government employee and was selected as U.S. Government’s International Paper Work Manager of the year with personal congratulations from the president of the United States.  Additionally, he chaired a National Computer Security Committee for the Office of Management & Budget, Executive Office of the President when he was U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s National Computer Security Officer and Special Agent.  He retired from the government in 1986 as U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission National Director of Investigations.  After he retired he then began another career as Regional Vice President/Instructor for Dale Carnegie Training where he was a National Project Manager and earned various regional and national awards to include “Maryland Dale Carnegie Instructor of the year.”

Visitation will be at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home in Middletown, MD from 2 – 4 pm and from 6-8 pm Wednesday, September 25th.  Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Community Church, 7321 Burkittsville Rd. in Middletown, MD at 11 am Thursday, September 26th. Msgr. Robert J. Jaskot will officiate.  Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery at 112 E. 2nd Street, Frederick, MD immediately following services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Bran’s name to the American Heart Association at donate.americanheart.org, Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org, or Boyd S. Cook Foundation at mgbc-md.org.

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Irene Thompson
   Posted Mon September 23, 2013

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW WREATH was sent by Irene, John, Amy and Bill.

With love and wonderful memories


Teresa Keener
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

An Irish Prayer for the Ugly Irishman - You will be missed

Mary Enright
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
What a great guy Bran was! He will live on with all those who knew him! I know you will all miss him very much, but I know you'll take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have created with him over the years.
My thoughts are prayers are with you all! God Bless, Mary

Christie Shindel
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
Sending my love and heartfelt sympathies to you all. Bran was a lovely man - always quick with a joke and a smile. He made everyone he met feel like the most important person in the world. He will be missed!

Hugs to you Carolyn and the entire Thompson family.

Amy Irwin
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
One of my fondest memories of Bran involves a trip that my husband, Dan, and I took with Mike and Mary Lee. We were scouting a European ski trip for the Boy Scouts and while Bran wasn't even there with us, I cannot think of that trip without thinking of him. To me that sums him up. He was a larger than life personality and I know his numerous contributions to so many organizations have not gone unappreciated. He will definitely be missed.
My sincerest simpathies to the family and Carolyn in particular.

David Buckler
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
Bran was one of the greatest men God put on earth! He was tremendous role model and mentor for many young men in Middletown. Sometimes the message he delivered was indirect...other times it was right between the eyes, regardless you knew he cared. I'll cherish your wisdow and laughter forever my friend! Godspeed!

JEROME R. (JERRY) SMITH
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
I AM A COUSIN OF CAROLYN, BRAN'S WIFE AND A FRIEND OF THE THOMPSON FAMILY. BRAN WILL BE MISSED BY HIS LOVED ONE'S AND FRIENDS. I EXTEND MY DEEPEST TO CAROLYN AND THE ENTIRE THOMPSON FAMILY,
SINCERELY,
JEROME R. (JERRY) SMITH
HOUSTON, TEXAS

JEROME R.(JERRY) SMITH
   Posted Tue September 24, 2013
I AM A COUSIN OF CAROLYN, BRAN'S WIFE. BRAN WAS A FINE MAN AND EXCELLENT PARENT. HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. ON BEHALF OF MY SISTER, MADONNA, WE OFFER OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE ENTIRE THOMPSON FAMILY.
SINCERELY,
JEROME R. (JERRY) SMITH
HOUSTON, TEXAS

Kathleen Cogan
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
So sorry to read of Bran's passing. Bran hired me to work in his department at FDA around 1982. He was a very special person and mentor and I have never forgotten him over the years. "May the good earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, and may it rest easy over you when, at the last, you lay under it, and may it rest so lightly over you that your soul may be out from under it quickly, and up, and off, and be on its way to God." (Irish Prayer)

George and Dinah Sisson
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
Bran's passion for helping deployed service members and their families is what we remember most about him. May God gather Bran to himself, and may He bring consolation to Carolyn and all the family.

Buddy and Grace Bresnick
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
I will always hold my pair of green suspenders near and dear to my heart. Bran was a friend and collegue for 33 years. And will be forever! Bran, we already miss you. We were running a business fair yesterday in Frederick, MD.. Most people stopped by to talk about Bran when they saw our Dale Carnegie banner. Old classmemebers, Rotary friends, friends of the Family etc... what a great day we had talking about Bran.

Marylyn Brown
   Posted Wed September 25, 2013
Carolyn---My deepest sympathy to you and all your family in the death of your husband. May your cherished memories help to bring you comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may the strength of the Lord help you as you move forward. God Bless.

Vivian Bross
   Posted Thu September 26, 2013
People pass on, but their memory lives on in our hearts. Bran was a great person. He always had a smile for everyone. And an Irish joke or two. We at the Elks will miss him.

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