He was born Dec. 16, 1954, in Sikeston to Emma Jean Branum Van Duson, who survives of Sikeston and the late Bill Branum. He graduated from Sikeston High School in 1973 and then graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston.
On July 24, 1976, he married Jeanie Finley who survives of the home.
In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by two daughters, Alisa Haertling of Raleigh, N.C., and Kristin Riley of Cape Girardeau; one brother, Bill Branum of Charleston; two sisters, Julie Norman of Judsonia, Ark., and Mona Porter of Cape Girardeau.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at the Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home where memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, with Rev. Grant Gillard, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, officiating and U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson serving as eulogist.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 or V.F.W. Foundation, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111.
Arrangements are under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston and Ford and Sons Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.