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Vernon Rae Bryant

Vernon Rae Bryant passed away on February 9, 2013 at his retirement home in Henderson, Nevada of natural causes. Vern was born on September 30, 1919 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. His parents Russell L. Bryant and Hazel M. Bryant moved the family to the Berthoud, Colorado area when he was a young boy. He is preceded in death by his parents, late brother Jerry Bryant of Cheyenne, Wyoming and his beloved wife, Pauline Bryant. He graduated from Berthoud High School in June, 1936 and then graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor's Degree in Science in June, 1940. During the summer months he worked for the "H Bar G" guest ranch in Estes Park and later owned a summer cabin in the Big Thompson Canyon for many years. Shortly after graduating he joined the United States Air Force in October, 1940. He served most of his time in the Air Force as a statistical specialist in the Energy Department during the war. He was released from the Reserves in December, 1955 as a Captain. He was married to Pauline Margaret Benson on December 15, 1946 in Boulder, Colorado. During the late 1940's and early 1950's he was an entrepreneur and owned and managed several ice cream parlors. Most popular was the Tip Top Ice Creamery on the hill. He was in Real Estate and Land Development for several years before going to work for National Farmers Union in 1966. He was on the Board of Directors as Treasurer and head of the Accounting Operations at National Farmers Union in Denver, Colorado. After retirement in 1987, he returned to the Boulder area with his wife, Pollie. They loved to spend time in Maui, Hawaii where they owned a condominium in Lahaina, Maui. In 1997, they retired to Henderson, Nevada to enjoy the warmer climates. His beloved wife, Pollie, passed away in March 2002, after 56 years of marriage. When he sold his property in Maui he spent a lot of time on Coronado Island outside of San Diego, California. He traded the Rocky Mountains for the warmer climates as he got older. One of his many joys other than family was the University of Colorado Athletic programs, especially Football and Women's Basketball. Before he moved to Henderson, Nevada you could always find him at a basketball game or football game. He was a long time season ticket holder and was a Silver Buff Club member when he lived in Boulder. He also loved the Denver Broncos and was a longtime season ticket holder since 1955. He was a lifetime member of the Boulder Elks Lodge. He was especially fond of our Armed Forces serving our country, especially his youngest grandson, Sergeant Ross Vernon Bryant, who just returned from his 3rd deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. He was able to spend time with his grandson the week before he died. A private service was held at Crist Mortuary and burial was at Mountain View Cemetery on February 19, 2013 with full military honors. He is survived by his four children: Linda Lee Hungerford of Aurora, CO, Deborah Lynn Adams of Henderson, NV, Paula Sue Armstrong of Las Vegas, NV and Ricky Rae Bryant of Wasilla, AK; seven grandchildren: Heather O'Keefe and Dawn Adams of Golden, CO, Angela Gramse and Christin Hungerford of Aurora, CO, Cody Bryant and Jessica Bryant of Wasilla, AK and Sergeant Ross Bryant of Fort Riley, KS and two great grandsons: Landen Bryant of Wasilla, AK and Camden Gramse of Aurora, CO. Donations in Vern's memory can be made to the Boulder Elks Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars or the University of Colorado Athletic Foundation. Please share thoughts, memories, and condolences at www.cristmortuary.com


Published in The Boulder Daily Camera on Mar. 17, 2013
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