James Bryan

Obituary of James Richard Bryan

James Richard (Dick) Bryan of Pinellas Park, FL went home to be with his Lord on June 5, 2020 at the age of 88. He was born April 1, 1932 in Scottdale, PA, the second of four children to James and Elma Bryan. He enlisted in the Army in 1949 at age 17, serving in the Second Infantry Division during the Korean War where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Camp Stars and the Bronze Star Medal with Valor. After honorably serving his country, he married Arlene Gail Lilley in 1956 and the couple spent 30 years living in Youngstown, OH and raising their four children (Curt, Debbie, Jeff and Lisa) before moving to Pinellas Park, FL in 1986. He worked as a machine operator for Commercial Shearing for over 30 years, a job that matched his keen eye and attention to detail. Dick had a passion for fishing and the family spent most of their vacation time in Canada. He also enjoyed traveling, especially taking cruises with family and friends, and enjoyed walking with his granddog. He was a dedicated husband and father and taught his children many things including a strong work ethic, responsibility, generosity, and the love of Jesus. He was a man of strong faith and very active in the church, most recently, Camp Freedom Holiness Church. He was also a practical joker and a great storyteller and was known to be able to take a nap anywhere. He will be greatly missed by sons Curt (Taurus) of Las Vegas, NV and Jeff (Marjorie) of Columbus, OH, and daughter Lisa Clark (Greg) of Safety Harbor, FL. He also leaves grandchildren: Jennifer Bryan, Rachel Jones, Hailey Bryan, and Hannah Bryan, great grandchild Autumn Grimes, sisters: Joanne Hough, Barbara Thatcher (David), and Gwen Pace (Joe), sister-in-law Marie Wingard as well as numerous other family members and friends that will cherish his memory. He was preceded in death recently by his beloved wife of 63 years, Arlene, daughter Deborah Jones (2014), and parents James and Elma. Dick will be remembered for his sense of humor, generosity and dedication to his family. We invite you to visit his online memorial site at james-richard-bryan.forevermissed.com to express condolences and share memories of him. It will include the recorded Memorial Service for those that cannot attend. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you can also honor Dick’s memory with a contribution to Camp Freedom Holiness Church scholarship fund or to a charity of your choice.
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Saturday
25
July

Visitation

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 25, 2020
R Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home
3530 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
727-527-1177
Saturday
25
July

Memorial Service

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Saturday, July 25, 2020
R Lee Williams & Son Funeral Home
3530 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
727-527-1177
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