Rick Brannam, 41, passed away Sept. 25, 2011, at Hospice House in Spokane, Wash. He was born Dec. 16, 1969, in Houston, Mo., to Jim and Peggy (Mobley) Brannam.
In 1985, Rick, his mom and sister relocated to Oregon, Wisc., where Rick graduated from Oregon High School in 1988. In 1990, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, Calif., where he proudly served as an Engineman, 3rd Class on the USS Racine. He attained the rank of E-4.
After returning to Wisconsin, Rick enrolled in M.A.T.C. College in Madison studying H.V.A.C. and R., earning his A.E.S. degree.
But he couldn’t forget a lady he had met while in the Navy from Spokane, Wash. On June 28, 1997, he married Alicia McCaughan. On May 22, 1998 they were blessed with a beautiful, blue-eyed baby girl they named Emily, her dad’s pride and joy.
Rick worked for Gold Seal Plumbing in Spokane. He was one test away from being a licensed plumber.
Survivors include his wife Alicia and daughter, Emily, both of Spokane, Wash.; his father, Jim Brannam and wife, Joan, of Success, Mo.; his mother, Peggy Salmon of Deerfield, Wisc.; a sister, Tracy Hendrickson and husband, Gary, and nieces Jasmine and Alexandra of Cottage Grove, Wisc.; also aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.
Rick could light up a room with his smile and keen sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.