In Memory

Robert Bryant

Robert Bryant

After a heroic battle with cancer, Robert Henry Bryant died in his home on December 30th, 2008. Robert was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He was raised in Prairie Village, Kansas, where he graduated from Shawnee Mission West. Robert graduated from the University of Kansas, where he met his wife of thirty-nine years, Coly. He received a Masters in Healthcare Administration, from Webster University, Kansas City, Missouri. For thirty-eight years, Robert worked in health administration, most recently at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas. He was, also, a college economics' teacher. He contributed generously to the community, serving as: Parish Life Committee Member, Eucharistic Minister and coach at St. Elizabeth's Parish; Advisory Board President of Hospice of Douglas County; Advisory Board Member of Hospice of Kansas City; Administrator of Jayhawk Society for Human Resource Management; and President of the Webster University Alumni Association. Robert is survived by: his wife, Coly; daughters, Cara Campbell, Anna Brown and Kathleen Bryant, all of Kansas City, Missouri; sons, Paul Bryant, of Overland Park, Kansas and Aaron Bryant, of Chicago, Illinois; son-in-laws, Peter Campbell and Richard Brown and daughter- in-law, Jaclyn Bryant. Robert is, also, survived by his brother, Charles Bryant, of Houston, Texas and sister, Ann Bryant, of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Coly Jeffers, and brother-in-law, David Jeffers, both of Memphis, Tennessee. He was blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren: Catelyn, Emma and Will Campbell, Adrienne Clark, Benjamin and Isabelle Bryant and Teddy Brown. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He inspired with his strong will to live and faith in God. Robert faced his struggles with great courage and good humor and will be dearly, missed. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 2nd, 2009 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a Memorial Mass at 5:30 p.m., at St. Elizabeth's Church, located at 75th and Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Bert Nash Community Health Center or St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. Arrangements: McGilley State Line Chapel, 816-942-6180.


Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 1, 2009

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04/05/16 10:12 PM #1    

Karen Lyerla

I never thought I would be talking about a great friend of 55 years at this time. First of all my thoughts and prayers go out to Robert's family. I know what a great guy he was and that he was thebest husband and father also. This is a great loss for a lot of people - he will be sorely missed.  on All we can do is cherish what happened the last 60 years and smile and laugh about all those wonderful times. He was one of the nicest men I ever knew.
Robert and I were best buddies dating back to 1954. We lived on the same street (W. 75th Terr.). I
never remember having any problems or arguments with Robert. We loved playing games whether it was board games, baseball, whiffle ball, or glove throw in Bill McDonald's backyard.  

Then there was our 'dark' side. Robert lived right on 75th street - a very busy street. There was a hedge along Robert's side yard with 75th right on the other side. The hedge was perfect cover for one of our favorite games - launching snowballs at passing cars in winter and crabapples in the spring/summer. What fun!! That is until one of Robert's snowballs nailed a police car. I'm sure we set a record time in running from his backyard to the 'creek' in back of Bill McDonald's house. We could see the police car driving down our street but we were safely hidden in the bushes by the creek. It will come as no surprise to any of you that Robert's conscience got to him, and he gave himself up. I , on the other hand, took the low road and slinked back down the creek and went to my house. My reward - Robert's parents told him he could not play with me for 2 weeks for not doing the right thing - ouch!!

Robert was a terrific guy. I now feel so bad that we had so few communications in our adult life. I never got to say goodbye because I had not been in touch in 2008. I saw him when he appeared to be recovering in 2007. This is a major learning for me and will help me stay in better touch with those people who meant a lot to me during my life. Goodbye old friend, I will miss you.

One last line I can attribute to Robert (Ann & Charlie may remember) - Car, Car, C-A-R, stick your head in a jelly jar .......... I'm not going to explain :-)
Rick Hornsby, Houston, Texas
January 02, 2009
My Dear Brother Robert certainly inspired me while growing up in Prairie Village and Overland Park in those special years of the 50's and 60's in that GI House on 75th Terrace-sharing a room with him for 14 years.Robert was such a role model and everything a big brother should be.He was always on the go and always headed in the right direction.My life long love of sports came from Robert. Many times I was lucky enough to get to tag along with him and his friends to play marathon hardball games at Tomahawk School -and back yard whiffle ball games,trying to hit his 3 foot curve ball and using his unique self made whiffle ball bat devised by sawing one of his bats half way down the middle creating a perfect flat side to hit with. I joined organized baseball after watching Robert play under the lights at OP's Segner Field. Our house became the neighborhood sports gathering place with backstop and tetherball in back and basketball net in front. Robert would often take me and my "grubby little friends" as he liked to call them to watch O' Finley's A's or to freeze in cold Municipal Stadium watching the grand Chiefs of the 60's.
I also attribute my passion for reading and book collecting also to my brother. One summer Robert bought all the Bond books and read them all and this was before most had been turned into movies.The art of reading has never been lost with me because of this.
Those 14 years as well as Robert's life went by too quickly but what positve memories he is leaving us all with! 
Charles Bryant, Houston, Texas


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