Richard Earle Bryant
Last updated 5/27/2020 at 4:55pm
Richard Earle Bryant, 88, died in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at home with his wife, Noreen, and eldest son, Richard, at his side. Born Dec. 26, 1931, in Bangor, Maine to the late Lawrence and Geraldine Bryant, he had been a resident of Clinton, Ind. since 1987. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his polished Southern manners, his dry Yankee humor, and his always-available cups of good black coffee.
He was proud to have been a member of the Army Air Corps, serving as a paratrooper during the time of the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953. He often said he joined because he "wanted to jump out of airplanes." He also played the French horn in the Army band.
He graduated from Brevard High School and worked at Olin. He was educated at North Carolina State University as an industrial engineer, and earned his MBA at the University of North Carolina. He always said his time at Inland Container in Newport, Ind., where he worked as an industrial engineer, was his best. He spoke highly of his coworkers there and continued to praise their kindness and excellent work ethic long after his retirement in 2004.
He became a much-loved member of an extended local, Italian-American family in 1989. He and his wife traveled often throughout their retirements. Among his most memorable trips were those they made to Italy, especially those made with his parents, Jack and Madelyn Bazzani.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ann Watlington Bryant; his sister, Beverly Burgess and her son Dirk; and great-nephews, James and Clay.
He is survived by a large and loving extended family, including his sons, Kent and Richard; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Richard; his sister, Pat (Leroy) Bracken; her children, Carlton (Susie) Moody, and Kim (Jeff) Jenkinson; his sister, Beverly Burgess' husband, Wayne, and their children, Cynthia (Philip) Whitaker and Gregory (Lisa) Burgess; as well as many great-nieces and nephews.
His large Indiana family includes Cathy and Jerry Costello, their children Neil and Bethany (Justin) Costello-Stebelton, and grandchildren, Emerson and Atticus; Jim and Karen Bekkering, their children, Casey and Steve (Jessica) and grandchildren, Samuel and Benjamin; Tom Bekkering and his son, Brandon; and Steve and Becky Cvengros and their children Mia and Ben. Richard will also be missed by Noreen's nieces and nephews, Gina Shephard and Ronnie Stevenson, Tony (Lori) Bazzani, Anita (Aaron) Crane, and Jay (Janice) Bazzani.
A graveside memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Clinton, Ind., led by Father Varghese Maliakkal of Sacred Heart Church.
Online condolences may be left at http://www.giovaninifuneralhome.com.