Oct 29, 1927 - Feb 1, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY John P. Braniff, Sr., T/Sgt USAF (Retired), born October 29, 1927, in Oklahoma City, went to the Lord on Friday, February 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul R. Braniff (cofounder of Braniff Airways); mother, Marie A. (Maney) Braniff; and daughter, Jeanne (Braniff) Hardey. He is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Genevieve (Moran) Braniff; children, John Jr. (Tess), Phil (Silvia), Mike S., Rebecca Russo (Hon. Michael), Mark (JoAnn), Francis, Phyllis and son-in-law Dr. David Hardey; grandchildren, Michael A Braniff, Christopher Braniff, Jeanne Sonnier, David Hardey Jr., Jennifer Braniff-Harmon, Matthew Braniff, Stephanie Spalding, John Paul Hardey, Cpt. Paul R Russo (USAF), Elizabeth Lyons, Nathan Braniff, Jeffrey Weber, Carl Russo, Patrick Hardey, Patricia Russo, Catherine Clement, Peter Russo, Charlie Braniff, Roger Braniff and Ashley Braniff; and seven great-grandchildren. John was a lifelong Catholic and a longtime member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He was a 4th Degree Knight and member of The Knights of Columbus Council #1038. He was also a founding charter member of Council #06293 in Gwinn, Michigan. His grandkids gave him the nickname "Grumpy," but they all knew how much he loved them. It was just a game he played with them, and they always had a kiss for their Grumpy. He served our country in the Army and Air Force from WWII to the Vietnam War, serving at bases in Germany, Austria, French Morocco, Canada, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Oklahoma. Services at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, OKC: Evening Prayer Service, Feb. 7th at 7 p.m.; Mass of Christian Burial, Feb. 8th at 10 a.m. Graveside service will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, OKC. Memorial: Fr. Schettler Fund at Rosary School.

Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 6, 2013