Tommy Eugene Bryan, Sr., 92, passed away in The Dalles, Oregon on December 26, 2017. He was born to Margueritte (Peer) and Claud Bryan in Clear Springs, Missouri on November 28, 1925, one of 13 children.
Mr. Bryan served honorably in the United States Army during World War II in the military police and later as a cook. He married Joyce June Webb in West Plains, Missouri on January 5, 1946. Tommy and Joyce met at a going away party for Tommy when he entered the Army. The couple moved to Klickitat County from Missouri in 1947, after Tommy was discharged from the Army. They settled in Lyle, Washington, which would be their home for over 70 years. Tommy worked for Dickey Farms, the Lyle Sawmill and the Lyle Sheep Sheds before working on construction of The Dalles Dam in 1952. In 1956, Mr. Bryan was employed by the Lyle School District as a custodian and bus driver, positions he held until his retirement at age 55.
Tommy was an active member in the Lyle Full Gospel Church, a charter member of the Lyle Fire Department and a board member of New Home Farms in Goldendale, Washington. He enjoyed refereeing baseball, playing the fiddle, fishing and hunting--especially elk hunting with his grandsons, Chad and Donavan. Tommy had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his children and their spouses Tom Bryan, Jr. and Sue Yee-Bryan, Jim and Sharon Bryan, Richard and Pam Bryan and Linda and Lee Bertschi; 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce and daughter Beverly.
A graveside service was held at the White Salmon Cemetery on Saturday, December 30, 2017 with a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. at the Lyle Celebration Center in Lyle. Memorial contributions in Tommy's name may be given to New Hope Farms, PO Box 89, Goldendale, WA 98620.