Bryan, John Jerome (November 24, 1934 - August 18, 2005)

John Jerome Bryan

Douglas Budget - August 31, 2005

Graveside services for John Jerome Bryan, 70, of Glenrock were conducted Aug. 27 at the Glenrock Cemetery with Pastor Robb Jupp of Fundamental Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Bryan died of natural causes at his home on Aug. 18, 2005.

He was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Neillsville, Wis., the fourth of 14 children to George H. and Leona (Broihier) Bryan. He grew up on the family farm and attended Riverside School, traveling there by horseback on his horse, Chief.

He worked on the family farm, ran a milk route and worked at the Winnebago Indian School farm at Neillsville. He became a paraplegic after an auto accident at 19. He overcame his handicap by making his own hand controls for vehicles. He did his own mechanical work as well as mechanical work for many others. He also operated a saw sharpening business from the farm.

A neighbor talked him into moving to Douglas to be a radio announcer. He was employed at KWIV for a long time and was known as "J.B. the D.J., the Rolling Drug Store Cowboy." He was also a state fair radio announcer. Later, he was employed as a night watchman for Chinook Pipeline Co.

A black powder enthusiast, self-taught gunsmith and an avid hunter, he shot numerous trophy moose, elk, deer and antelope. He was proud to help other handicapped hunters by guiding the first Helluva Hunt in Douglas. He was also a taxidermist, shipping jackalopes and other mounts all over the United States.

He became an accomplished machinist, making his own metal lathe. Living in Glenrock, he was the Pied Piper of his neighborhood and enjoyed gardening with the neighborhood children. He took great pride in his yard and had received a "yard of the year" award, of which he was very proud.

He was well known for his love of antique vehicles and had almost completed the total restoration of a 1930 Model A Ford, for which he had received a trophy from the local car club.

He was also known for being quite a prankster. He was truly a family man and helped anyone he could. He loved God, his family, his neighbors and especially Wyoming, where he lived for more than 45 years. He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched.

He is survived by siblings, Kathleen and husband Don Guetschow of Beloit, Wis., Viola and husband Vernon Larson of Clinton, Wis., Judy Bryan of Vasalboro, Maine, Jean and husband Ron Yankee of Round Lake, Ill., Bonnie and husband Joe Ferraro of Rockford, III., Del and wife Joyce Bryan of Glenrock, Dean Bryan, Dave and wife Betty Bryan, Donald and wife Rose Bryan, Joseph Bryan, Wayne and wife Mary Bryan and Robert and wife Berta Bryan, all of Neillsville. Other survivors include Leda Price, Kathleen Jones and family, special friend Karen Krause, many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, George (Buzz) Bryan Jr.; a sister-in-law, Gail Bryan; and a nephew, Dan D. Larson.

The family would appreciate memorials to the Glenrock Senior Center, P.O. Box 783, Glenrock, 82637, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 322 S. Ash, Casper 82601.

Gorman Funeral Home-Converse Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

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