FARMINGTON — Joseph M. Bryant, 84, of Farmington, passed away Thursday, May 6, at the Sandy River Center for Healthcare.
He was born on June 8, 1925, in Adrian, Mo., the son of Louis and Beulah (Gregg) Bryant. A wounded disabled Korean veteran, he served his country for four years in the U.S. Navy and went on to serve four more years with U.S. Army. During his time in the service, he started corresponding through a Pen Pal Club with Helene Hodgkins, which they did for a year and a half. While on a two week leave from Korea, they married on March 22, 1953.
After the service, he worked at various area dairy farms and the CAP Winterization program before his retirement. He enjoyed the company of his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, John Wayne movies, his daily walks “up-town” to sit and visit with people at Don’s AG, watching the birds outside his favorite window and his prized peonies blossom every spring. He collected salt and pepper shakers and state quarters which he was very proud of his album collection. He was also very proud of his Cherokee heritage and collecting Indian memorabilia.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Helene Bryant of Farmington; four children, Sarah Dalrymple and husband, Denis, of Temple, Louis Bryant of Farmington, Dot Gordon and her fiancé, Leon, Volinsky of Farmington and Clyde Bryant Sr. of Temple; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.