James L. Branch, 89, Batesville, passed away Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, at St. Andrews Health Campus.. He was born Sept. 20, 1926, the son of James Branch and Irene Branch-Payne in Lakewood, Ohio. On Dec. 1, 1951, he married A. Bonnie Aspery in Rocky River, Ohio. She recently passed away March 4, 2015.. Jim was a member of the Canton, Ohio, Lodge 676 Lathrop F&AM, the Valley of Canton Scottish Rite and Tadmor Shrine Temple, Tadmor, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps World War II veteran. Jim worked for General Motors Chevrolet Division for 35 years. He retired as a zone manager in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1985.. Jim and Bonnie bought their farm in Batesville in 1965 as a future retirement destination. Jim was working in Cincinnati at that time and decided to buy in Batesville because Bonnie’s father and siblings all lived in Cincinnati, and this would keep them all close. The family vacationed for three weeks every summer at the farm while growing up. Jim and Bonnie took great joy in hosting the family reunion every Fourth of July since 1965, which still goes on today.. Jim’s hobbies were sailing in his younger years, golf, horses and dinner with good friends. He enjoyed playing on his John Deere tractor whenever possible. Jim could always be seen at his grandson Ethan’s sporting events. No matter what the sport, he loved watching him play. Jim’s very favorite pastime was having the entire family together at home sitting around talking, laughing while having a beer. Jim would have been a great-grandfather for the first time in February 2016. His oldest grandson Jacob Branch and wife Camille are expecting.. He will be dearly missed by his children, James Scott Branch, Batesville, Timothy O’Donnell Branch (Kristie), St. Louis, Kimberly Winans (Dave), Little Hocking, Ohio, and Bonnie Marie Meyer (Roger), Batesville; and his two grandsons: Ethan Meyer and Jacob Branch (Camille).. Visitation is Friday, Oct. 30, from 4-7 p.m. with the funeral service immediately following at 7 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with the Rev. Roger Tornes officiating. Military services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.. Online condolences may be made at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.
Published on  October 29, 2015