Gerald D. Bryant, 1935 — 2013
Gerald D. Bryant
1935 — 2013
Gerald D. Bryant was born on Feb. 1, 1935, in Porterville, to James Riley Bryant and Thelma Faye Bryant. He passed from this life on Dec. 12, in Tehachapi.
A viewing is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 20, from noon until 2 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home, located at 3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield. The funeral service will immediately follow the visitation. Interment will be at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, on Friday, Jan. 3, at 10:45 a.m.
Gerald was one of three siblings, along with his brother, James W. Bryant, and sister, Lora F. Maupin.
Gerald married Marlene M. Bryant on Oct. 5, 1956. They were married for 56 years. In 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and became a cryptographer. He was stationed at White Sands, New Mexico, and they lived there until his discharge in 1959. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and was always proud of his service to his country.
In 1955, Gerald became a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local No. 460 as an apprentice, and remained a member for 58 years. He often reflected about his apprenticeship training and work experiences as a journeyman plumber, and loved to talk about the jobs and co-workers he had. He went to work for the Department of Corrections in 1996 as a maintenance mechanic in charge of the fabrication shop at Lancaster State Prison, and remained there until he retired in 2008.
His wife, who entered into rest on April 13, and his parents, James R. Bryant and Thelma F. Bryant, and his brother, James W. Bryant, preceded him in death. Gerald is survived by his sons, Gerald D. Bryant Jr. and his wife, Chona, and James R. Bryant and his wife, Kathy; five grandchildren, Skylar, Shayla, Joshua and his wife, Larissa, Matthew and his wife, Becka, and Melissa. Also surviving are his six great-grandchildren, Joseph, Caleb, McKenna, Emma, Conner, and Jaxon, all of whom always brought a smile to his face; sister, Lora Maupin; and sister-in-law, Esther Bryant; along with many nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Gerald.
Gerald loved doing projects around the house. He loved his tractors, especially when he gave his great-grandchildren rides. He loved Warrior football, always buying season tickets for Marlene and himself. He had a hat for every occasion and a tool for every job. His family will miss his laughter and funny sayings. They won’t hear the duck calls or the toot of his car horn anymore, but they will have all the happy memories.
His devotion and love for all his family was evident, and he will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.