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Dale Bryant Obituary
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December 17, 2014

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December 21, 2012
I remember Dale Stanley (as he was known to us) as a fun-loving man who enjoyed teasing and laughing. I always enjoyed it when he visited my parents farm, first as a young man with my aunt and uncle, then with his own family and children. I vividly remember his marriage to Betty in the little church in Heartland, Ia. It was beautiful as they recited the whole ceremony in the presence of loved ones and friends. Although we've not kept in touch, I've always had a special place in my heart for Dale. Go in peace and love. Betty and family; you are in our thoughts and prayers.
December 21, 2012
Gram,

I know there's a lot going on right now and you are probably inundated with calls, texts, etc, so I want to send you this to peruse at your leisure. First and foremost I love you dearly and treasure all the good times you and I have had, and will have in the many years to come. Gramps is irreplaceable! I want you to know I have so many good memories with Gramps. Have I ever told you the story of the origin of why I called him Gramps?

When I was young, my mom would read countless books to my brothers and I, especially a popular series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, the Berenstain Bears. Well, there was one book in particular that I hold dear to my heart, and that is the one in which the cubs go to visit their Gran and Gramps. When they get there, they get to see their grandparents for who they are and how wonderful, adventurous, and fun they are. Well, that book stuck with me, and by the time I was old enough (at the ripe ol' age of 7), I was privileged to get to spend a week with you guys all by myself. After that, you were not just grandparents, but rather my cool people that I got to know on a different level (which flourished into absolute friendship, deeper love, and boundless respect a few years later). Though it took a couple years for me to change your identity from Gramma and Grandpa to Gram and Gramps, when the switch happened, it felt right. I knew my place for you in my heart, and that was special. I truly treasured my vacations to you guys, to know him on a professional level, and though I respected him before as my Gramps, I came to respect him as a professional and a successful businessman. (I learned the importance of taking the much needed lunch break at Panera). I could not, have asked for a better teacher. I learned that honesty and integrity in business will gain you success, something many people tend to overlook these days, as well as persistence and dedication to your craft. Looking back, I remember more joy in getting to simply be with him. I got to learn who you were on a level most grandchildren never get to experience, and for that I will forever be grateful!

The countless memories I have of him are joyous…playing basketball in the park in CA (because he was that Dale Bryant, local Iowa basketball phenom), going to the pool, getting Dairy Queen, going to the movie and getting popcorn in the "sandwich line," playing Peggy Sue on the tabletop juke boxes at Rosie's Diner, walking to Panera almost daily for 2 months straight, heading to Quizno's every Wednesday night before church, checking the mail with him, making the once or twice weekly bank runs, and something I felt honored to be a part of…the once a year breakfast at the expensive Hotel buffet downtown where they make your omelets to order, among other delightful options. Going out to dinner and seeing George M was a blast, listening to stories of when he was in the Service, exploring his childhood with you and the girls back in Iowa are all things I treasure.

As I am trying to come to terms with saying goodbye to the one and only Gramps, I take comfort in the fact that I truly got to know him, on many more levels than just granddaughter. That I know he dearly loved me helps me through the tears and sadness. But most importantly, seeing his faith lived out my entire life makes me happy and comforted to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was just waiting for the right time to call him home. I will continue to grieve (probably for quite a long while), but if I know my Gramps, he'd assume I would take joy and comfort in knowing that his heart and soul belong to God. That doesn't make this time in his life necessarily easier for me, just better and reassuring.

I love you and want you to know I love him as well. It should go without saying, but if you need to talk or cry with anyone, I would assume you know you could and should call me. I truly am grateful to have you as my Gram!

Love,
Alissa
December 21, 2012
I remember Dale as a kind, loving father and uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with Betty, Peggy, Pat, Rhonda, Renee, and family. We know Dale is at peace with his heavenly father.

Love,
Nanci, Mark and Christina Brandt
Rogers, AR
December 21, 2012
Betty and family, I have fond memories of Dale and all of you while we were blessed to have you at Noelridge Christian Church. He was such a kind and loving person and very much walking with the Lord. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you along with our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Diane Yates Hudson, Marion Ia
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