Walter G. Branstrom, born November 14, 1925 to Edwin and Arlene in Warren, Pennsylvania went home to his Lord on January 7, 2016 in Camarillo, California. Walt achieved Eagle Scout with the BSA of Russell, Pennsylvania where he also graduated High School before joining the Army Air Corps during WWII. He served as a gunner on a B29 out of Tinian until shot down during a mission over Japan on May 26, 1945. With the surviving members of his crew, he remained a POW in Tokyo until liberated August 29, 1945. Walt returned to Russell, married Rita Bednies on January 22, 1949, had three children and worked as an electrician. The family moved to Oxnard, California in 1959 and he continued to work as an electrician with IBEW Local #952 until he retired in 1985. He enjoyed his profession because of the variety of work including home and commercial construction, power plants and oil platforms. He continued to be active in retirement spending time with his growing family, traveling and working with family and friends doing odd jobs. He attended New Life Community Church before going to Ocean Breeze Estates, an assisted living home in Camarillo. The family is very grateful for the exceptional care he had received there for the last 2 years.
Walt was preceded in death by his parents and two of his brothers, Robert and Donald Branstrom. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rita, his children, Melody Haakenson (Tim), Alanna Conk (Rod) and Cameron (Stella), his sisters, Mary Randinelli and Jan Odrzywolski and brothers Lynn and Craig Branstrom, seven grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on January 31 at 3:00 pm at New Life Community Church at 1251 N Rice Ave in Oxnard, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to a charity of your choice.