John Joseph Brancato was born July 25, 1942 in Bronx, NY to John Anthony and Marie Dolores (Alutto) Brancato. He lived in New York until he was transferred for work in 1983. He moved to Kearney, MO and settled in Lawson on the farm with his loving wife, Marthann (Callaway) Brancato, where they were joined in marriage on November 5, 1989. John passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his home in Lawson, MO encircled by family.
John graduated from high school and completed two years of college. John retired from Ford Motor Company after 40 years of service in production management. It was a family affair working at Ford as he had the opportunity to work with both of his sons, his wife, and his daughter- and son-in-law. Although his daughter did not pursue the automotive industry, he was proud of her accomplishments as a pharmacist.
John was full of life and had many hobbies over his 75 years. His love of car racing started with his father as a boy. He restored several vehicles for himself and others who capitalized on his talent. John was always willing to lend a hand to friends and family for any automotive repair or creation that was necessary. He and his wife enjoyed traveling coast-to-coast transporting cars and seeing the countryside. In his younger years, he could be seen driving his boat in the ocean and fishing or riding his motorcycles. John’s passion for baseball started at a young age where he played centerfield for the Yankee’s Minor League. John was an animal lover and wanted to make a pet of any species including cats, dogs, raccoons, and buffalo. He showed horses and his adoration for horses led to his receipt of 6th place in the AQHA Amateur Age Stallion Class in 1995. John was a talker and was always willing to share his opinions on matters of the world.
Survivors include wife, Marthann Brancato; sons: Jonathan Michael Brancato (Lucinda “Cindy” Kay Brancato) and Joseph David Brancato (Robin Lynette Brancato); daughter, Cameron Callaway Lindsey West (Allen Arizona West); four grandchildren: Stella Madison Brancato, Aden Joseph Brancato, Kinzley Rachelle Brancato, and Trinity Lindsey West; sister, Madeline Rose Daniello; brother-in-law, Michael Callaway; nephew, John Daniello; and, four nieces, Cathy Werner, Madeline Daniello, Mary DePaola, and Patricia Graziano. John was preceded in death by his father and mother.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Meyers Northland Chapel, 401 Main St. Parkville, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1503 Tracy Ave. Excelsior Springs, MO with Rev. Pat Sullivan as celebrant. Burial will immediately follow at the Lawson Cemetery, Lawson, MO. Memorial contributions are suggested to Liberty Hospice and may be left in the care of the funeral home. Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com