Era Mathew David Bryant, 92, of Manhattan, died Thursday, September 26, at his home.
Era was born in Independence on Nov. 8, 1920 to Mathew David and Ruby Pearl Bryant. Era grew up in various towns in southeastern Kansas including Elk City where his grandfather had a ranch. He graduated from Grenola High School in 1938. In 1942, he enlisted in the Marines for the duration of WWII serving as a tail gunner in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1944. He reached the rank of sergeant and received a Presidential Unit Citation. Following discharge from the service, Era attended Kansas State University on the GI bill. He met his wife Edna, a fellow Marine, on a blind date here in Manhattan. They married six months later and would have celebrated their 67th anniversary this December. Era was an officer on the local police department until he was recalled to military service during the Korean conflict. After his second discharge from service he worked as a civil servant at Fort Riley, repairing radio and radar equipment until his retirement in 1982. In 1972, he received a special commendation from the Army for his performance on a complex mission. He also worked a short time for McCall Pattern Company.
Era was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church and joked that for several years he was the token pessimist with the local Optimist Club. He was a member of the VFW post and the American Legion. Since the early 1950’s, he was an avid bowler, active in multiple local leagues until just a few years ago.
Mr. Bryant was preceded in death by his parents, his half-brother, half-sister and his in-laws, Emily and C.O. Dailey.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Bryant; three daughters, Margaret “Peg” Bryant and her husband Cordy Cooke of Roslyn, Wash., Katherine Wade of Kansas City, Mo., and Susan Farr of Manhattan; grandchildren, Amie Smith and her husband Rick, Nicole Wade, Andrew Wade, Emilia Farr and great-grandsons, Shawn and Zachary Goodin.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 2, 2013 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., with Rev. Diana Chapel officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare & Hospice of Manhattan, the First United Methodist Church or to the Era Bryant Memorial Fund in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at: www.ymlfuneralhome.com.