Frank J. Bryden, 84, of 2700 Curved Creek Road, Quincy, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 2:27 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2012) in Blessing Hospital.
Frank was born March 30, 1928, in St. Louis, a son of Douglas M. and Elizabeth Jewitt Bryden.
Frank grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Soldan High School. He attended the University of Missouri, where he met his future wife, Gloria Jean Martin. He transferred to Washington University, where he graduated with a degree in geology.
Frank and Gloria were married on Sept. 6, 1952, in St. Louis. In 1953 they moved to Harlingen, Texas, then moved to Port LaVaca and later to LaPorte, Texas.
He served in both the U.S. Marine Corps
and the U.S. Army during the Korean War
. He was called back in to service in 1954 and served until May 1955 at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. In 1955, they moved to Mount Vernon (Ill.) and came to Quincy in August of 1956.
Frank was co-owner of Hildmann and Bryden Floor Covering and then Quincy Discount Carpets until his retirement in 2007.
Frank was a charter member of Columbus Road Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school. He was on the board of the New Start Rescue Mission, where he taught Bible study.
Frank was an avid bowler, bowling three times a week. He was also a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals for many years.
Survivors include his daughter, Molly (Fred) Cory of Quincy; three grandchildren, Bryden (Ashley) Cory of South Bend, Ind., Colleen Cory of Indianapolis, Ind., and Tucker Cory of Quincy; a special friend, Jean Bowles of Quincy; and a sister, Mary (Tom) Feldsien of Arizona.
Frank was preceded in death by his wife and his son, Douglas Bryden.
SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Columbus Road Baptist Church, with the Rev. S.D. Bodwell and the Rev. Bob Cowman conducting. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery
VISITATION: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Columbus Road Baptist Church.
MEMORIALS: New Start Mission or Columbus Road Baptist Church.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com