Obit: Bryan, Dean A. #2 (1939 - 2008)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Email: dolores@wiclarkcountyhistory.org

Surnames: Bryan, Broihier, Giloy, Nickel, Tilson, Bixby, Errthum, Larson, Guetschow, Yankee, Ferraro, Papenfuss, Bjerke

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) December 17, 2008

Bryan, Dean A. (28 July 1939 - 15 December 2008)

Dean Bryan, 69, of Neillsville died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at his home on Bryan Avenue.

Funeral services for Dean will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Interment will be next to his wife in the Dells Dam Cemetery with Military rites accorded by the Neillsville Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dean’s family with funeral arrangements.

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) December 24, 2008

Dean Bryan, 69, Neillsville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, at his home.

Dean A. Bryan was born July 28, 1939, in Black River Falls, the son of George and Leona (Broihier) Bryan. He attended Riverside Grade School in Levis Township, graduating May 22, 1953. He attended Neillsville High School for two years then enlisted into the U. S. Army Feb. 19, 1959, where he obtained his general education degree. Dean was enlisted in the Army for three years, serving in Germany from July 1959 to August 1961. He was stationed in the 17th Infantry, A Battery 3rd Howitzer Battalion. When he returned from Germany, he was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma in the 1st Missile Battalion. After his discharge from active service, he served in the reserves until 1965.

He met Gail D. Giloy, and they were united in marriage Sept. 5, 1964, at the Assembly of God Church in Neillsville. A year later, they moved to Happy Camp, CA, where Dean worked in the logging camps and their first child, Lisa, was born. In 1966, they moved back to Neillsville and resided on Court Street for a few years. Later, they moved into a trailer home in the township of Levis, where the rest of their children were born. And, eventually, they moved into their home on STH 95 that Dean and his brothers built by hand. Over the years Dean worked for Overgaard Construction, Mathy Construction, Opelt Brothers and Millis Transport and then back to Mathy as a heavy equipment hauler. He retired from Mathy in 2001.

Gail died July 7, 2001.

Dean was a member of the Assembly of God Church. He was a member of the NRA, the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73 in Neillsville and the Legion Honor Guard. He was a member of the Teamsters Local Union #695. He enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Happy Times Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club. He also enjoyed hunting, eating out and visiting with family.

He is survived by a son, Dean (Lisa) Bryan of Marshfield, four daughters, Lisa (Larry Nickel) Tilson of Neillsville, Lori Bixby of Neillsville, Beth Bryan of Greenwood and Sara (Jason Errthum) Bryan of Hatfield; 10 grandchildren, Adam, Zachery and Chelsea Tilson, Abigail, Arielle, Ashley, Alexandra and Andrew Bixby, Meg Bryan and Isaac Bryan; brothers and sisters, Viola (Vernon) Larson of Hudson, Susan (Donald) Guetschow of Beloit, Wayne (Mary) Bryan of Neillsville, Robert (Berta) Bryan of Neillsville, Judy Bryan of Augusta, MA, Jeanie (Ronald) Yankee of Round Lake, IL, Donald (Rose) Bryan of Neillsville, Dell (Joyce) Bryan of Glenrock, WY, Bonnie (Joe) Ferraro of Rockford, IL, Joseph Bryan of Neillsville and David (Betty) Bryan of Neillsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gail; his parents, George and Leona; and two brothers, George Jr. "Buzz" and John.

Funeral Services for Dean were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke officiated. Interment was next to his wife in the Dells Dam Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Honorary Casketbearers were Kelly Bryan, Gary Guetschow, Mark Yankee and Stack Larson.

Casketbearers were Bob Bryan, Butch Bryan, Bruce Bryan, Larry Nickel, Jason Errthum and Bill "Pappy" Papenfuss.

The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Dean’s family with funeral arrangements.

(Note: this full length obit also appeared in The Banner Journal, Black River Falls, Jackson Co. WI December 24, 2008)

 

 


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