Silas Theodore BrannanJuly 8, 1932 ~ September 5, 2017 (age 85)
Silas Theodore Brannan age 85 of Emily died on September 5, 2017 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born in Crosby on July 8, 1932 to Williamette and Elsie (Fletcher) Brannan. Si grew up in Emily, MN. After graduation, he worked as a carpenter in the area. He then joined the US Navy in the Construction Battalion. He spent time in Korea during his service. After returning home, he went to Dunwoody Institute and studied Carpentry as well as Architectural Drafting and Estimating. In 1961 he married the love of his life, Marlene Johnston. Together they moved to Minneapolis and Si started working at Mankato Tile and Terrazzo via the builder’s exchange. They purchased their first home in Robbinsdale in 1962 and he was then employed by Arrigoni Brothers Co. in St Paul doing estimating and bidding. In 1977, Si and a partner started their own business, Land of Lakes Tile Co. Si retired from the business in 1994 and eventually Si and Marlene moved to their permanent residence, the “cabin” they had originally built in 1966 in Emily, MN.
Si and Marlene traveled the world together over their 56 years of marriage. Si enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, snowmobiling, bowling, volleyball, following his favorite sports teams, working in his tree farm, spending time with his children, grandchildren, family and many friends.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, the Planning and Zoning Commission for Emily, was President of the MN Ceramic Tile Contractors Association and also served on the Board of Directors for the National Tile Association. He was a member of the area Woodworkers Association.
Si is survived by his wife, Marlene; one daughter, Darla Nieson (AJ Lindner) of Burnsville; one son, Derrick Brannan of Buffalo; one sister, Sally Goodwin of Helena, MT; three grandchildren, Benjamin, Nicholas and Emily Brannan; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Preceding Si in death are his parents; two brothers, Melvel (Dolly) and Russell (Caroline) Brannan; one sister, Anita (Earl) Jones and special nephew, Ken Brannan.
His accomplishments will leave a lifetime of memories to be shared by many.