Raymond Gene Bryant, 73, Montrose, the son of James Russell and Elsie (Clark) Bryant, was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Butler and passed from this life at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at Clinton Healthcare and Rehab in Clinton.
Ray attended school in both the Butler and Ballard school districts. In 1955 he entered the U.S. Navy serving our country for four years with service aboard the U.S.S. Salisbury Sound. Upon completion of his military service Ray moved to the Kansas City area and soon began employment with General Motors.
On March 30, 1962, he was united in marriage to Linda Ellen May in Independence. To their union a son and daughter were born, adding a brother and sister for Ray’s son Raymond Jr.
His General Motors employment continued for 30 years. As retirement grew near, Ray and Linda decided to buy a place in Montrose to enjoy the quiet life. They settled there in the mid-1980’s. Ray’s hobbies included hunting and fishing and he became known around Montrose as the “Bicycle Man” – if a child was without a bicycle or had a problem with one he would always provide the help to get them back on the road.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond Bryant Jr. – Moberly and Daryl Bryant and his wife, Marla – Schell City; one daughter, Kellie Hendrickson and her husband, Leroy – Clinton; one sister, Josephine Thompson – Bay City, TX; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.
Memorial services with Military Honors were held Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City with Bro. Paul Thorade officiating. Musical selections were provided by Diane Eslinger and Sharon Goodman. Arrangements for Mr. Bryant were entrused to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City.