DEPUE — George M. Bryant, 86, of DePue died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, peacefully at the home of his daughter, surrounded by family.
George was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Spring Valley to G. Morse and Anna Lawrence Bryant, the fourth of five children. He was the fifth generation of Bryants named George.
He graduated from DePue High School in 1950, LPO Junior College in LaSalle and Bradley University in Peoria, where he earned a degree in business administration. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957, stationed mainly in Germany.
He married Jacqueline R. Jeneske. They made their home in DePue in 1961. George then joined the family business of Morse Bryant & Sons with his parents and his brother, Jim. George was a licensed plumber. He was also the town handyman, and provided heating, cooling, electrical, roofing and general carpentry work for many years.
George was a member of the DePue Volunteer Fire Department for 42 years, and served as fire chief for 24 years. George was a lifetime member of the DePue Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4602, where he most recently served as quartermaster. For many years, he also was actively involved in contacting local veterans and their families for photos to include in the Bureau County Republican’s Salute to Veterans special section.
He is survived by his daughter, Sara (William) Wimbiscus of Joliet; three granddaughters, Katherine (Christopher) Sievers of Joliet, Margret (David) Hubrich of New Lenox and Elizabeth Wimbiscus of Chicago; two great-granddaughters, Zoey and Abigail Sievers; a sister, Evalynn (Daniel) Blanco of DePue; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie; his parents, Morse and Anna; a brother, James (Ruth) Bryant; and two sisters, Elizabeth (Robert) Harrison and Marjorie (Ken) Bowman.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Barto Funeral Home in DePue with the Rev. Karen Karczewski of the DePue United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will follow at the DePue Village Cemetery, with full military rites provided by the Ladd American Legion Honor Guard.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the funeral home, as well as one-half hour before the services on Thursday.
A guestbook may be signed and memories shared at bartofh.com.