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Max Bryant 78, Elk City, Kansas passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Webb Rodrick Chapel and Crematory with Reverend Mark Loftin of Elk City United Methodist Church officiating inurnment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Elk City, Kansas. Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk City United Methodist Church or Louisburg Township Rural Fire Department and may be left with the chapel. Friends may register on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 57:00 p.m., at the Chapel.
Max Leon Bryant was born August 9, 1935 in Independence, Kansas to Basil and Estella Volz Bryant. Max attended and graduated from Elk City Schools. After high school graduation Max served in the United States Army where he learned to fly, and following an honorable discharge from the army he attended Pittsburg State University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
On February 8, 1958 Max married Marie Wassom Bryant in Caney, Kansas. After college graduation, Max found employment with Boeing where his love for airplanes continued and he received his pilots license. He was a dedicated Boy Scout Leader and coached Little League baseball when the family lived in Douglass, Kansas. He later transferred to Davis Manufacturing in Wichita. However, after the death of his father, Max and his family moved back to Elk City and he became a selfemployed crop farmer. Max was a very energetic and outgoing person who enjoyed his family, was involved with his church and many other organizations and hobbies.
Max was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, a member of Elk City Carson Lodge 132, VFW Post 7254, American Legion Post 138, Elk City Pride, and Eastern Star Eva Chapter 18. He was a former member of EAA of Independence, KS Gold Wing Road Riders Association Kansas Chapter E, and past President of Elk County Farm Bureau. He also enjoyed amateur HAM radio. Max loved motorcycling, and he and Marie spent many hours with their Gold Wing friends.
Max was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill Bryant. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marie of the home, one son Steve and wife Glenda Bryant, Independence, KS two daughters, Terri BryantCain and husband Vance Cain, Independence, KS Sheryl Schmidtberger, Arkansas City, KS two brothers, Basil Gene Bryant, Elk City, KS Jim and wife Martha Bryant, Copan, OK two sisters, Karen and husband Philip Osburn, Elk City, KS Diana and husband Fred Bryant, Valley Center, KS sister in law, Georgia Bryant, LaMesa, CA five grandsons Adam and wife Nataliya Schmidtberger, Riverside, CA Tyler and wife Kayla Bryant, Maize, KS Wade and wife Mindy Bryant, Independence, KS Cole and wife Sarah Schmidtberger, Pratt, KS Blake Bryant, Mission, KS four great grandsons, two great granddaughters, and his beloved dog Levi.
Arrangements by Webb Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.
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