Longtime Kenai resident Gerald W. Bryant died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at his home of mesothelioma cancer. He was 74.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at College Heights Baptist Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pastor Scott Coffman will officiate.
Mr. Bryant was born Nov. 29, 1926, at Wheeler, Texas. He graduated from high school in Portales, N.M.
He then served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Italy. After his discharge, he attended Eastern New Mexico University for two years.
On Jan. 17, 1951, he married Dorsie Mae Pipkin. The couple resided in Portales and Clovis, N.M., until May 1963, when they moved to Kennewich, Wash.
Mr. Bryant came to Alaska in October 1964, residing in Anchorage. His wife and two sons followed a month later. The family moved to Kenai in September 1967.
Mr. Bryant worked as a pipe fitter for Local No. 367 in Anchorage. He worked for various contractors in building and maintenance throughout the years at Chevron, Phillips, Tesoro, Unocal and Swanson River.
Since his retirement in March 1988, he has continued to enjoy gardening, fishing, hunting and playing cribbage with his wife and friends.
"He will be loved and missed by his family and many friends," his family said.
Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents, Wayland and Rozema Bryant.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorsie; sons William G. Bryant and his wife, Brenda, and Alan L. Bryant of Kenai; daughter, D'Aun Reckling and her husband, Danny; grandchildren Sarah, Dana, Micah and Jeremiah all of Fort Worth, Texas; brothers Harold O. Bryant and his wife, Anne, of Anchorage, Duwayne L. Bryant and his wife, Tommy, of San Jon, N.M.; sister, Justene Da Costa of California; and 19 nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society for mesothelioma cancer research, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611; Hospice of the Central Peninsula, 362 Tyee No. 3, Soldotna, AK 99669; or the University of Washington Mesothelioma Research Institute.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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