Russell Bryant died peacefully at home on Oct. 8, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. We know that his last breath here was his first breath in heaven.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Calvary Bible Church. Russ will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 26, 2013.
Russell Bryant was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Illinois. He served in the 94th Infantry Division as part of the Third Army, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He was wounded in combat in Germany and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for individual valor.
After the war, he met and married Juanita Roberson. They were blessed with 65 years of loving marriage and two children, Sally Bryant and Steve Bryant. Russ earned a master’s degree in speech communications from Long Beach State University.
Russ overcame a severe stutter to become a community college speech instructor. He was recruited by Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., to start their speech and communication program and taught there from 1964 to 1987. Many returning veterans found encouragement from his wisdom, counsel and experience. He also served as the faculty advisor to the Christian Student Club.
Russ was active at Twin Lakes Church in leadership, education and youth ministry. Russ and Nita moved to Penn Valley in 1988, where he was involved in his church and faithfully attended cardiac rehab at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.
Russ loved to attend his Army division reunions and was often sought out by those drawn by his wisdom, incredible memory and generosity of spirit.
He is survived by his loving wife, Juanita Bryant; children Sally and Steve Bryant; daughter-in-law Juliann Bryant; grandchildren Rebekah and Nathan Bryant; sister Maxine Evans (Harold); brother Bob Bryant (Joyce) and nieces, nephews, cousins and so many friends.
By his incredible spirit and wisdom, Russ touched the lives of thousands of people through his years of teaching college, church ministry, Army reunions and friendships.
Russ is predeceased by his mother, Ruth Newton Bryant; sisters, Mildred Weakley and Betty Brown; and brother Ralph Bryant.
His family has set up a memorial scholarship at Cabrillo College to honor him. To donate, contact the Foundation at 831-479-6338, or mail a check payable to the Cabrillo College Foundation with a note directing the gift to the Russell Bryant Memorial Endowed Scholarship, or donate online at http://www.cabrillo.edu/associations/foundation/how-give-online.php and enter Russell Bryant Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the notes section.
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