Lawrence ‘Bud’ Brannan, 86, who was an interior designer in Minot, ND, for many years, died Jan. 28, 2019, in a care center at Velva, ND.
Lawrence ‘Bud’ Brannan, 86, who was an interior designer in Minot, ND, for many years, died Jan. 28, 2019, in a care center at Velva, ND. Funeral is Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at the Heartland Care Nursing Home in Devils Lake. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be in the Bisbee cemetery. Lawrence Frettia Brannan was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Bisbee, ND, a son of Frettia Paul and Julia (McGovern) Brannan. He was raised in Bisbee, graduated from high school there, and attended the North Dakota State School of Forestry in Bottineau, ND. He returned to Bisbee. He purchased and operated the Bisbee Drug Store, later moving to Walla Walla, Wash. It was there that he became involved in interior design work. When his brother Leo opened an interior design business in Minot, he returned to North Dakota and joined Leo in his business operation. For some years, Brannan Interiors was a popular interior design business with customers throughout the region, continuing into the early 1970s. After Leo’s death, Bud remained in design work in various venues. It was through his work that he met Helen Thommes. The pair were married Oct. 24, 1996, in Denmark while travelling in Europe. They returned to Minot to make their home. He continued to live in Minot following the death of his wife in 2013. He developed health problems, but was able to remain in his home for some years with the assistance of Ray Johnson of Minot who maintained his house and yard. In time, as Bud’s health continued to fail, that arrangement was no longer workable. He moved into an assisted living facility in Minot before transferring to the Velva center. He was a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Minot. During a remodeling of the church when Rev. Christian Walter was pastor (1988-2008), Bud drew on his experience as an interior decorator to advise Father Walter on various aspects of the project. Surviving are; brothers, Tom and his wife, Ferne, Devils Lake, ND, and Ed and his wife, Anna, Auburn, WA. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by; his wife; parents; sisters, Agnes Stenson and Alice Dillerud; and brothers, John and Leo. Memorials are preferred to the St. Leo’s church restoration fund. Those wishing to sign the online register and share memories may access the online obituaries section at (www.thompsonlarson.com).