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Stephen Ellery Branch

March 27, 1947 ~ Nov. 25, 2021


Stephen Ellery Branch passed away at his home on Thursday, November 25 after a brief courageous battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. By his side were his wife, Patrice Branch, and his three daughters, Lisa O’Brien, Christy Weiss and Katie Kirkpatrick. He also is survived by his four grandchildren, Pate Weiss, Eva Weiss, Jasper Kirkpatrick and Ellery Kirkpatrick, and his three sons-in-law, Scott Nelson, Jeffrey Weiss and Brian Kirkpatrick. Steve was born in Joplin, Missouri on March 27, 1947. He was the son of the late Arthur Branch and late Norma Gay Branch. He is survived by his three brothers, Chris, Doug and Brad. Steve graduated from Missouri Southern with an undergraduate degree in education. He joined the trucking industry working his way up to VP of Operations. Post his retirement from the corporate world, he bought Ledger Furniture and always welcomed the community to come to his, “cool old store” in downtown Copperas Cove assuring customers “you will be glad you did.” He spent 15 years continuing the Ledger legacy and values by serving Copperas Cove and surrounding areas. With his ALS diagnosis, Steve was devastated to close the family store for his employees, customers and community. Steve was also known for his positive contributions to the Dallas Gun Club, serving on the board for over 20 years and acting as President from 2006-2007. He was also a competitive bass fisherman and enjoyed being on the lake with friends and his brother. Steve’s family would especially like to thank Ledger Furniture employees, his loyal friends and caregivers. The family will welcome friends and family to celebrate Steve’s life on Thursday, December 2, between 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Dallas Gun Club (3601 South Stemmons, Lewisville). In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to Higgins Branchini Shooting Foundation:

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