Willard Harry Bryan

 Funeral services for Willard Harry Bryan, 104 years old, of Kansas City, Mo., were held July 1, 2021 at Mount Moriah, Newcomers and Freeman Funeral Home in Kansas City, Mo. He passed away peacefully where he lived at Villa Ventura in Kansas City on June 26, 2021. He was born May 29, 1917 to Augustus Bryan and Maude (Thigpen) Bryan in LaComa, MS. He graduated from Basin High School in George County in 1936. He worked in a service station operated by J.S. Skinner Motor Company in Lucedale from 1937 to 1941. He enlisted in the Army on June 18, 1941. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. His Military Occupational Specialty was Auto Mech, supervising the activities of six men in connection with the minor maintenance and repair of six military motor vehicles in a motor pool. During his duty he was in a jeep accident and suffered a compound fractured left leg which hospitalized him for six months in the Army hospital. While in active duty, he received the American Theatre Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He received an Honorable Discharge from North Fork Lewis on Dec. 11, 1945. It was at a USO dance he met Hallie L. Katherman who he married Oct. 9, 1943. He worked at the Lake City Ammunition Plant making 16-inch shells. He worked at several places in the Parts Departments. He and his wife joined St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in April 1975. He was on the Church Council for a period and while there, he became a Stephens Minister. After the closing of St. Peter’s in May 2016, he joined the Red Bridge United Methodist Church where he was a member until his passing. He was a member of the Lyons Club of Kansas City Red Bridge. He was a long-standing member and during his membership was on the Board of Directors, treasurer and president at one time. He received the President Award for 2005-06, the 26 M5 Certificate of Distinction 2016-17 for attaining the age of 100 years and long and faithful service to Lions Club International and the Missouri Lyons. He also received a plaque from the Lyons International Foundation for Dedicated Humanitarian Services. He was selected to be on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. in 2014. He was thrilled. This was his first and only trip to Washington, D.C. In total he has nine nieces and nephews from his side of the family, Charles Lester (Macy) Mack, Patsy Bryan (Buddy) Horn, Robert Lee (Liann) Cirlot Jr., Laura Jane (Ray) Cirlot-New, Rev. Stephen Bryan (Tinell) Cirlot, Dr. Robert Eric (Paige) Bryan Jr., Nancy Colleen Bryan (husband Jim deceased) Merck, Beverly Joyce Bryan (Michael) Kelly and Nelia Shannon Bryan (James) Pursell. He was preceded in death by his wife Hallie L. Bryan; his parents Charles Augustus Bryan and Maude (Thigpen) Bryan; his wife’s parents; three brothers Charles Edward (Billie) Bryan, John L. (Pat) Bryan and Robert Eric (Jeanne) Bryan Sr. and sisters Betty Jane Bryan (Robert Sr.) Cirlot and Laura Bernetta Bryan (Lester) Mack.